Absa Premiership

Furman ready for semi-final return match

2017-09-03 06:37
Dean Furman (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - After missing the first leg of the MTN8 semi-final against Maritzburg United, SuperSport United captain Dean Furman hopes his return will give his team the edge in the second leg on Saturday evening.

The clubs played to a 1-all draw last weekend, which gives Maritzburg the advantage going into the second leg after having scored away from home.

Furman sat out that game and has now completed his two-match suspension after also missing the victory over Kaizer Chiefs.

Young Teboho Mokoena deputised for him during his absence and is expected to get his place back in the middle of the park.

Although still upset about the red card he received against Mamelodi Sundowns, Furman said he had accepted his punishment and was ready to bounce back.

“I’m still frustrated as I believe it [the red card] didn’t warrant [a ban for] two games,” said Furman.

“But I have moved on from that and had a good rest, and now feel refreshed. I recuperated a bit and I was able to support the lads against Chiefs and I am ready to go now.”

The Bafana midfielder said he was looking forward to the second leg and could not wait for Saturday.

“We know what to do and our aim is to go and score. Fortunately for us, we have always done well in Maritzburg and I feel confident because of our success down there over the seasons.”

He said they were undone by a lapse in concentration, which led to Maritzburg equalising in the dying minutes of the game and would have to tighten up their defence in the second leg.

“It was unlike us to concede a goal like that, but it happens in football. It’s not the end of the world – we were just unlucky. There is all to play for and we know we have to score.”

But he knows it won’t be easy against Fadlu Davids’ side, which is growing in stature with every game. United are still to lose a game this season and are perched at the top of the Absa Premiership after winning their opening two matches – without conceding.

They want to dump another Tshwane side from the tournament after knocking out Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarterfinals – and reach their maiden cup final.

In Lebohang Maboe, Deolin Mekoa and Evans Rusike, they have capable players to attain that goal.

Kickoff for Saturday night’s game at Harry Gwala Stadium is at 8.15pm.


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