The match against Mali was an important victory despite it being an international friendly encounter.

It was good to face west African opposition in the build-up to the all-important AFCON qualifier against Ghana next month.

There was no set taker for the penalty. This was not something we had discussed. When the penalty was given, I felt confident that I would score so I put myself forward to take it. Thankfully for me and the team it hit the back of the net!

On working as a unit

It was a good performance from the team. It was pleasing that we were able to take some of the things we had been working on in training and utilise them effectively in the game. For the majority of the game we were very solid defensively, and we always looked threatening going forward.

The win was more important than receiving the man of the match award, however it is always nice to be recognised for a good performance.

Ronwen Williams put in a top performance in front of his home crowd. He was calm and efficient in everything he did and communicated with his back-four very well.

On the new Bafana Bafana coach

We were all pleased for Coach Molefi Ntseki to record his first win as Bafana Coach. We hope this is the start of a very successful time for the coach and Bafana. We now look forward to the qualifiers next month and go into these games in confident spirit.

It is great that we already knew the coach well and he knew us as players. This means there is no need for a settling in or adjustment period and we can continue from where we left off under Coach Stuart Baxter.

On the Cup match versus Baroka FC

Baroka are a tough side and as reigning Telkom Knockout champions we know that they can be dangerous in this competition. We know them well after our league encounter earlier this season and will look at how we were successful in that game and hopefully have a similar result.

The coach has given me, Bradley Grobler and Ronwen a few days off to recover before we join up with the team again. We are pleased with the home draw in the cup and hope we can use this to our advantage and progress to the next round.

Dean Furman – SuperSport United Football Club Captain


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