Furman aiming to make history
Posted: 11 October 2017 Time: 19:45
SuperSport United captain Dean Furman is looking forward to a cup final rematch against Cape Town City, and hopes to make history by winning his club’s first MTN8 title.
The Tshwane and Cape sides will be meeting in the much-anticipated spectacle at the Moses Mabhida Stadium this Saturday, with kick-off set for 19h00.
Furman says the Telkom Knockout final defeat in Polokwane last year is still fresh in their minds, and they will be hoping to make it all square in their second final meeting with the Citizens.
“This is a huge opportunity for us, and we’re highly, highly motivated. This has been a tournament that I think SuperSport have struggled in in recent years and got knocked out in the early stages,” said the skipper.
“We’ve now got ourselves to the final and, I wouldn’t say ‘revenge' is the right word but, last year’s Telkom Knockout defeat is still fresh in our memories, I’m sure the coach [Tinkler] will know.
“But we haven’t forgotten that, and it was one that hurt us, so we need to put that right come Saturday evening.”
While their CAF Confederation Cup dream remains alive, the MTN8 final also presents an opportunity to make history for Matsatsantsa, as the club have not lifted the trophy since 2004, when it was still known as the SAA Supa 8, under Pitso Mosimane.
Furman believes though the competition only requires holding firm over four games to be crowned champions, as opposed to the lengthy journey they’ve travelled in Africa, the prestige is still high and he hopes to deliver the cup to the cabinet come this weekend.
“It’s an interesting time when you compare the two competitions we’re in at the moment – the Confederation Cup, where we’re going into our 16th game in 10 months, and then you look at the MTN8 and we’re into our fourth game in three months and we’re in the final,” he added.
“It doesn’t take away from the prestige, obviously. To lift trophies is what we’re here for [as players] and there would be no greater feeling than lifting the trophy on Saturday evening.
“Despite it being extremely short, in a way, it’s part of last season’s [hard work of getting into the top eight], so it’s not exactly just the four games that get you the trophy.
“It will certainly mean a lot to us [if we were to win it], and SuperSport haven’t won it for a while so it’s definitely something we want to put in our trophy cabinet."