Furman: It is so painful
Johannesburg - The national team Bafana Bafana were beaten 3-1 on penalties by Mali
and eventually knocked out
of the AFCON tournament in the quarter-finals
in a game played at Moses Mabhida
Stadium on Saturday night.
According to the soccerladuma.co.za website
, one of the players who missed the penalty was Dean Furman
who told the
that it was devastating to lose the game in that way.
The Oldham Atheltic captain however said that the team should focus on
the future as they still have important tournaments to play.
VIDEO: South Africa v Mali, highlights
He said that the players thank the whole country for their support and
urged them to continue rallying behind the team at all times.
"It is devastating. It is so painful. Personally I feel very bad to
have missed the penalty. In the game we played very well and we could
have wrapped it up in the 90 minutes but it wasn't to be. I can't
reflect on the whole tournament right now as I am still devastated.
After few days I will look back and see what I have achieved. But as a
team we have to look at the future and build on this performance in the
World Cup qualifiers. We still have important games to play and we need
to put out feet on the ground going forward," the England based
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