Ex SuperSport United midfielder Dean Furman has described his five-year stay at SuperSport United and South Africa as “incredible”.
The club confirmed the 31-year-old’s immediate departure in a statement yesterday.
Furman, who was born in Cape Town and grew up in the UK, says he took the decision to leave to be closer to his family.
Describing his stay, Furman beams with pride about what he achieved with the club, after reaching seven cup finals and winning 4. “It has been the most incredible 5 years living and playing in South Africa. On the pitch, it was a huge honour to captain SSU and to lift 4 trophies in a hugely successful period for the club,” says Furman.
“Off the pitch, I met so many wonderful people, loved the great interactions with the fans and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the beautiful country.”
Furman arrived in South Africa five years ago and was signed at the time when Gordon Igesund was the head coach.
Igesund had worked with Furman in SA’s senior national team Bafana Bafana and would have been pleased to snap up the hard working midfielder, who went on to play over 150 matches for the club.
Since his first #AbsaPrem game for the club in August 2015, SuperSport’s win percentage in the League with Dean Furman starting is 40% (P118 W47 D40 L31), compared to the 20% win rate when he didn’t play (P25 W5 D9 L11).
*The above stats were provided by Opta Jabu.
Furman concluded: “I would like to thank Stan Matthews (SSU CEO) & the board at SSU for giving me the opportunity to play for the club, coach Kaitano (Tembo) & my previous coaches, along with the staff, the many players I have had the honour of sharing the dressing room with and our brilliant Matsatsantsa fans.
“Last but not least, I would like to thank the amazing people of South Africa for making this experience incredibly special.
“I wish you all safety and good health during these uncertain times and hope to come back and visit soon.”
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