‘WE HAVE TO WIN’

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Dean Fur­man says the chance to fi­nally win another top eight tro­phy gives Su­perS­port United ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion ahead of to­mor­row’s MTN8 fi­nal against Cape Town City at Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium in Dur­ban. It has been a long time since Mat­sat­santsa first won the do­mes­tic sea­son’s open­ing piece of sil­ver­ware, way back in 2004, when Pitso Mosi­mane’s Su­perS­port beat Kaizer Chiefs in the fi­nal.

This time they are coached by Eric Tin­kler, who iron­i­cally led Cape Town City to vic­tory over Su­perS­port in last sea­son’s Telkom Knock­out fi­nal.

“It will cer­tainly mean a lot to us to win (the MTN8) be­cause Su­perS­port haven’t won it for a while so it is def­i­nitely some­thing we want to put in our tro­phy cab­i­net,” said Fur­man this week.

This is a busy time for Su­perS­port, who are also in the race to lift another piece of sil­ver­ware in the form of the Caf Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup. The Pre­to­ria team are cur­rently in the semi­fi­nals of the com­pe­ti­tion, and played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg at home to Tu­nisia’s Club Africain. The Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup jour­ney has been a long one for Su­perS­port com­pared to the MTN8, which can be won in the space of a few months.

“It is in­ter­est­ing when you com­pare the two com­pe­ti­tions we are in at the mo­ment. With the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup we are go­ing into our 16th game in 10 or 11 months since we be­gan. And then you look at the MTN8, we are into our fourth game in three months and we are al­ready in the fi­nal,” added Fur­man.

“(But) de­spite it be­ing ex­tremely short, in a way, it (the MTN8) is part of last sea­son’s hard work so it is not ex­actly just the four games that get you the tro­phy.

“And it doesn’t take away from the pres­tige, ob­vi­ously. To lift tro­phies is what we are here for and there would be no greater feel­ing than lift­ing the tro­phy on Satur­day.”

The United cap­tain, mean­while, knows that get­ting a win against the Cape side won’t be a walk in the park for them.

“We have been pre­par­ing very well at train­ing, know­ing the kind of op­po­nents we are play­ing against. They are a good team that play ex­cit­ing football. But we are pre­pared for ev­ery­thing that is coming our way.”

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