There are no simple routes to the Nedbank Cup final
IN their own words, SuperSport United captain Dean Furman and Orlando Pirates defender Abbubaker Mobara give us a blow-by-blow of how they reached tomorrow’s Nedbank Cup final and how they hope to finish the job at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Furman on SuperSport beating Royal Eagles
2-1: We’ve had a difficult road to the final because we haven’t had a home game. But we have had a good campaign despite coming up against lower division sides who have nothing to lose and can throw everything at you. Those are the games that are potential banana skins. Our focus against Eagles was spot on. We grabbed the lead and they equalised, but our quality shone through in the end because we had expected them to throw everything at us.
Mobara on Pirates beating EC Bees 3-1: I think we all expected the game to be tough because we were playing a team that is not on the same division as us. A lot of the time a game like that can be even because you tend to come down to their level, but we handled it well. We conceded a late goal, but we were professional and never undermined them, playing to our strengths and ability.
Furman breaks down the 2-0 victory over
KwaDukuza United FC: This was a tough game, and they had a huge crowd. I remember the great atmosphere, and again they threw everything at us. You must give credit to the team from the lower league because that’s what this cup is all about – giving everyone a chance against the so-called big teams. On the night they played very well, and for us to get through those two banana skins was a big confidence booster.
Mobara breaks down the 4-1 romp against
Free State Stars: Having played them a week earlier in the league and losing, we wanted to make amends and were prepared to give it our best again. We fought hard and got the early goals that probably made it look easy in the end and we were on our way to the next round.
Furman on reaching the final after another penalty shoot-out win over Chippa United: We had played them in Port Elizabeth a few days before and they beat us 3-0 in a game that was vital for their survival hopes, so they were on a high. Again it was a tough crowd in East London where we had never played before. The game was exciting and end-to-end, but ultimately it went to penalties, and Ronwen Williams was in goal this time and made two or three fantastic saves and we kept our nerves to convert and win 4-2.
Mobara on scoring the winning goal away
to Golden Arrows to reach the final: Similarly to the Celtic game, when we scored we were under a lot of pressure because they wanted the equaliser, quite desperately. They threw men forward and I think the back four, with the help of the midfield, kept the ball out of danger a number of times for us. We realised we hadn’t been good all season long and the Nedbank Cup was the only trophy available for us, so we pushed. I came in from deep and Mpho (Makola) gave me a good delivery, which I finished well. Not bad for my second goal at the club in my first season. I played four years at Ajax and only scored twice.
LEADERS: Dean Furman and Abbubaker Mobara will face off in the Nedbank Cup final in Durban tomorrow.