Cape Town- SuperSport United captain Dean Furman says the mid-season break will be used effectively to come back refreshed in a bid to launch a title challenge in the Absa Premiership.
Since the CAF Confederation Cup final defeat to TP Mazembe, Matsatsana have looked fatigued and lackluster in attack, scoring just three goals in five games - while only picking up a single victory in the 1-0 win over Ajax Cape Town in late November.
Currently, in 11th place, the Tshwane giants still have four games in hand over most of their domestic rivals but could still move up to second place - one point off leaders Sundowns if they can achieve maximum points."Unfortunately, results have not been going our way recently," he told the club's official website. "As a team, we have not been finishing our chances and we have been getting punished at the other end.
"We have a lot of games to catch up on and we have to go on a winning run to get ourselves back to the top end of the league. The break will be the perfect opportunity to rest and recover from a very tough year.
"We will be looking to come back feeling refreshed and ready for the second half of the season," the South Africa international added.
"The second half of the season will be important for us. We want to keep moving up the league table, the CAF Confederation Cup begins again and of course we have our Nedbank title to defend. Our aim will be to make 2018 even better than 2017."