Furman: We are trying to remain upbeat

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SuperSport United captain Dean Furman says the players at the club are trying to stay positive during the coronavirus crisis while admitting that their health is the only thing that matters at the moment.

“We are trying to remain upbeat, however we realise there is a very real global pandemic that has taken over the world and is affecting all of us in some form,” said Furman.

“Our health is the only thing that is important.  We hope in the coming weeks and months, we witness a global improvement and can begin to focus on football again,” he added.

The hard-hitting midfielder went on to say that ‘Matsatsantsa’ are taking all the necessary measures to ensure the safety of everyone associated with the club.

“During times like these, football unfortunately becomes insignificant. There are people all over the world who are falling ill and losing their lives,” admitted Furman.

Supersport are third on the Absa Premiership with 40 points in 24 matches, eight points adrift of leaders Kaizer Chiefs.

PSL games are suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak and the Bafana Bafana international says the players must keep themselves in shape.

“We were delighted to put in back to back wins against Bidvest Wits and Highlands Park. This leaves us in a strong position for when the season starts up again.”

The Tshwane based outfit beat Kaizer Chiefs in a Friendly match but those training matches will now be put on hold as South Africa enters a 21-day lockdown as of Thursday midnight.

”Friendlies are always important to keep up match fitness. Unfortunately, the upcoming fixtures have now been postponed so the match fitness gained from this game [against Chiefs] will ultimately be lost.

“It was a good run out for the team and always pleasing to get a victory.

“We await announcements from SAFA and the PSL board to tell us when the league will resume again. At that stage we will begin to make plans for the final stage of the season.

“For now, it is imperative to keep a good level of fitness, so that we are ready to go when we start up again,” Furman concluded.

By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi

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