Dean Furman acknowledged the impact made Stuart Baxter as SuperSport United ended the season with the Nedbank Cup title
Matsatsantsa beat Orlando Pirates 3-2 in the final at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday.
Goals from Jeremy Brockie, Bradley Grobler and Michael Boxall secured a second Nedbank Cup title for the club since the competition was renamed eight years ago.
SuperSport showed great determination throughout the competition, coming from behind in wins over AmaTuks, Mpumalanga Black Aces and the Buccaneers.
“It’s unbelievable! We have had a lot of ups and downs this season and a lot of people have written us off, but we showed unbelievable character,” said Furman in the aftermath. “We have come from behind once again to go on and win the game.
Baxter replaced Gordon Igesund in January, and after successfully leading the club to a top eight finish in the league, the former Kaizer Chiefs mentor masterminded the club’s win over Pirates for his second Nedbank Cup crown in four seasons.
“For the players, it is an unbelievable achievement and to the coaching staff, they have been excellent since they came in and we have really loved working with them,” Furman continued.
“But for our fans, it’s incredible. They have stuck with us through everything this season and in a stadium full of Pirates fans they were right behind us.
“It offered us a massive chance to salvage something from our season and turned it from one that we might have wanted to forget to something really memorable.
“For us to lift the trophy on the final day, you can’t get much better than that,” the Bafana Bafana midfielder concluded.