Furman: Why don't we hype our own?
Posted: 10 November 2017 Time: 11:00
Bafana Bafana midfielder Dean Furman has picked up on how South African supporters can focus on the threat posed by the opposition and forget what their own team can actually offer.
Heading into the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Senegal at Peter Mokaba Stadium tonight, the SuperSport United man feels a lot of attention has been on the Group D leaders, especially Liverpool star Sadio Mane.
Furman, however, believes Bafana can beat any opponent on their day and he’d love it if South Africans hype their own team instead of getting excited about the opposition.
“In this country we get excited by the opposition and almost forget what we have in our ranks. I have seen that in our Confederation Cup experience [with SuperSport] that we play the so called giants and we talk about them being the superstars and yet we forget about what we got in our own ranks.
“Don’t get me wrong, Senegal have some top stars in top sides in Europe but I believe we can match anyone on our day. It was no different when we went to Nigeria. There was all the hype about certain players and where they play and yet when we get our heads down we show what we can really do. When we play to our full potential, we are a match for anyone on this continent.”
Discipline on the pitch has been a concern for Bafana in recent matches, with Bongani Zungu and Mulomowandau Mathoho getting red cards that could have been avoided.
The Matsatsantsa captain said it’s important that they do not allow emotions to get the better of them tonight.
“It’s an emotional game, especially when stakes are high. It’s ours and the nation's dream to be at the World Cup and we will give everything to be there,” he said.
“Emotions do run high and obviously disciplinary things can happen, but we have to make sure it does not boil over. We have to respect the referee. We know it’s going to be a great atmosphere and we hope it will be a full stadium, so we have to make sure we keep our emotions in check. We need to stay as calm and as focused as possible.”
He added: "Suspensions happen and sometimes it’s things we can avoid, but sometimes you have to make a tackle. I don’t think we have a disciplinary problem. If there’s a ball to be won, we have to make sure we win it in the right way.”