The 29-year-old Cape Town-born star was speaking ahead of Bafana’s win-at-all-costs 2018 World Cup qualifier against Burkina Faso at the FNB Stadium on Saturday (3pm).
“I think the problem with us is that we hype up the opposition a lot. We tend to concern ourselves about things like this – about the African giants and this player and that one playing in the English League or other big leagues in Europe – and forget about ourselves,” he said.
Bafana Bafana players must stop fearing and hyping up opposition players.This was said by the Bafana midfield anchorman SuperSport United captain Dean Furman.
Furman stressed Bafana shouldn’t worry about their opponents and instead focus on their own game
“I am talking from a national perspective. We tend to concern ourselves with opposition and forget about our talent.”
Furman will be watching the clash from the stands as he is suspended for this vital qualifier after collecting two yellow cards.
He will be available for the upcoming two matches against Senegal next month.
World body Fifa ordered a replay of Bafana’s 2-1 home win over Senegal played last November after Fifa confirmed the outcome was manipulated by match referee Joseph Lamptey of Ghana. Lamptey has since been banned for life by Fifa.
Furman, who played for Scottish Premiership club Glasgow Rangers, was one of the players who was not at his usual best form in Bafana’s back to back defeats against Cape Verde last month, which has seriously dented Bafana’s hopes of playing at the World Cup in Russia next year.
Furman said he had learnt a lot from SuperSport head coach Eric Tinkler about African competitions.
Matsatsantsa a Pitori face Tunisian giants Club Africain in the second leg of the Confederation Cup semifinal in Tunis later this month after the two sides drew 1-1 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in the first leg earlier this month.
“We fear no one in the Confederation Cup,” he said.
“We have learnt that from our coach Tinkler. We are in the last four of this continental tournament because we are good.”