SuperSport captain Dean Furman is determined to repay the club’s fans for their loyalty, while also eyeing participation in Africa.
Matsatsantsa take on Orlando Pirates in the 2016 Nedbank Cup final at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday afternoon.
At stake is the final trophy of the 2015/ 2016 PSL season, R7 million in prize money, a place in next season’s CAF Confederation Cup, and of course glory for the winning club, players and supporters.
In his first season since moving from England, Furman is determined to end what has been a somewhat inconsistent campaign for the Tshwane side on a high note.
“We know what is at stake, firstly there is silverware, which we want to bring to the club to thank the fans, who have stuck with us through the good times and the not so good times,” Furman said at Tuesday’s media open day in Pretoria
“Obviously there is also the opportunity to play on the continent in the CAF Confederation Cup and for SuperSport that is somewhere where we want to be playing. We want to be representing our country.
“I’ve said since the first round that the Nedbank Cup gives us a massive chance to salvage something from our season. We have been in good form and shown a massive turnaround under the new coach [Stuart Baxter].”
SuperSport have had to come from behind in nearly all of their 2016 Nedbank Cup games to date, and Furman believes this shows the kind of character they will need to beat the Buccaneers.
“It’s going to be a tough game, Pirates are a good side, on their day they can beat anyone. We will give them the respect they are due, they have top players all over the park.
“But also, with what we have in our camp with the players we have got and the organisation we have got, can hopefully take us a long way and lead us to the cup.
“We have to go into the final with confidence, the team have shown a lot of character throughout this tournament,” said the Bafana midfielder.