Furman’s Emotions As PSL Safety Confirms Wedding Plans
SuperSport United's Safety Meant A Lot To Dean Furman
There won’t have been many people in South Africa more relieved at the final whistle on Saturday than SuperSport’s Dean Furman, with the result clearing him to get married.
Matsatsantsa have had a rollercoaster couple of years as they won the Nedbank Cup, won the MTN8 and reached the CAF Confederation Cup final, but this season left them on nervy ground as they went into the last game with relegation still a very real possibility.
Furman, whose wedding in England has been in the works for 18 months, would have been stuck in an incredible pickle if things hadn’t gone Matsatsantsa’s way, and the Bafana Bafana international has spoken of his relief after securing the right to make it to his own wedding.
Speaking to the Siya crew before jetting out, the 29-year-old said, “I was incredibly emotional at the final whistle. These last two years or so has given us at SuperSport some incredible times, but the last few months have been very tough both physically and mentally.
“There was so much riding on the game on Saturday. Firstly, for everyone concerned with SuperSport, we were fighting for our careers, our team, our fans and everyone associated with the club.
“It is now hugely important for us to go and enjoy a good off-season as we have not done so for two years, and I believe this was a huge contributing factor to our form this season.
“As players, we know our season has not been good enough and we have to give everything to be fighting at the top end of the table next season. I am fully confident that, after a good rest and a strong pre-season, we will see a much improved SuperSport team next season.”
When asked about his feelings as he flew back to the United Kingdom with SuperSport’s status confirmed, he said, “On a personal note, my wedding has been in planning for the last 18 months and we didn’t foresee the prospect of SuperSport falling into the relegation play-offs and having to potentially miss my own wedding. That reality became very real over the last few months.
“To get the win on the weekend and guarantee our safety means that I can head back to the UK, spend time with my family – who I haven’t seen in a long time – and finally make it to my wedding to marry my incredible fiancée.”