Cape Town - SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo wants the uncertainty
surrounding captain Dean Furman's future resolved as quickly as possible.
Furman's contract with Matsatsantsa expires in six months’
time, which could see him leave on a free transfer.
Tembo has revealed that the 32-year-old is currently in
talks with the club over a new deal, but that a consensus between the two
parties has yet to be reached.
And the Matsatsantsa mentor wants clarity on the matter as
soon as possible so that he is able to plan for the future and groom his next
captain should Furman be leaving the club.
"As we said last year when the issue came up‚ we don’t
want to put him under any pressure into reaching a decision," Tembo told
"For the purposes of long-term planning‚ it is important
that we finalise this matter as soon as possible so that we can identify
another leader within the group to take us forward.
"I have worked with him since he arrived at the club
and he is a highly professional guy who has always given 100 per cent.
"I have never had any issues of discipline with him and
he is a good role model for the younger players in the squad and I am sure that
he will give 100 per cent for as long as he is with us."
SuperSport reignited their title hopes with a 2-1 victory
over Kaizer Chiefs at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday, but Tembo wants his side to
keep their feet firmly on the ground.
"The win against Chiefs was important for us but we have to
win the next one and keep the momentum because if we don’t win the next match
it will count for nothing," he said.
"Our target for the second round of the campaign is to
be consistent‚ which is an area where we struggled a little bit last year.
"I know that this is a cliché, but we are going to take
each game as it comes and see what happens," added Tembo.
Matsatsantsa next will face Maritzburg United at Lucas
Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Wednesday evening.
- TeamTalk Media