SuperSport United defender Grant Kekana has described the departure of captain Dean Furman as a huge loss for both the club and the players.
Furman announced that he would be returning back to the UK at the end of the current season, ending a five-year stint at Matsatsantsa a Pitori.
But due to the national lockdown which has resulted in the temporary suspension of the Absa Premiership, it seems Furman will be forced to leave without completing the season or at least an official goodbye with his teammates.
“Obviously it’s a big blow, Dean is a great leader on and off the field, and he is always first on everything so it’s going to be a big loss especially in the change room,” Kekana told FARPost.
“He always had this thing to get the guys going when we were down and he would also humble us when he think we were getting over our heads so it will be a big loss for us but we wish him well in future and we hope everything turns out the best for him,” said the 27-year-old.
“That was the sad part about it (leaving without official goodbyes), the fact that he has done so much for the team and has been a role model for all of us so it would have been fitting for us to give him a proper send off but we must make do with what is at hand,” he said.
Furman, who is 31, arrived in South Africa from Doncaster Rovers in August 2015 and made over 162 appearances in all competitions.
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