Furman: I came to win trophies
Posted: 16 September 2017 Time: 16:00
With two knockout competition title medals, SuperSport United captain Dean Furman looks back at his decision to join the club as a good one because he is always hungry to win trophies.
The 29-year-old is the type of player who is not afraid to put his body on the line for his team to succeed, having played a key role in the two Nedbank Cup titles they have won since his arrival in 2015.
Furman will have an opportunity to win a third title when SuperSport take on Cape Town City in the MTN8 final at Moses Mabhida Stadium on October 14, in a repeat of last year’s Telkom Knockout final. City beat SuperSport in the TKO final played at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, and Matsatsantsa would not want to get beaten by the Citizens again.
It’s SuperSport's third straight knockout competition final and Furman could not be happier with how things have worked out since he joined.
“That’s what I came here to do. When I initially sat down and I spoke to the CEO Stan Matthews, he said 'come to South Africa and let’s win things together',” Furman reveals.
“So far we've taken two Nedbanks and obviously the Telkom we lost and now another cup final. We want to create a winning culture here and we want to be lifting trophies. We want to be competitive on all fronts. So far so good.”
The last time SuperSport lifted the MTN8 Cup was in 2004 under the guidance of Pitso Mosimane, when the competition was then known as the SAA Supa8.
They were then on the losing side against Moroka Swallows in 2012 at Orlando Stadium. Since arriving at SuperSport, Furman has been knocked out in the first round of the MTN8 twice, but hopes he can finally be part of the side remembered for winning it in 2017.
“I can only talk from my perspective and we've been [knocked out] in the first round on both occasions,” he says.
“I missed it in 2015 because I came late and last year to Mamelodi Sundowns, so this was one that we really thought we could have a good go at. We are in the final, the job is not finished but we are delighted to be there.”