Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana newcomer Dean Furman has revealed international duty has begun to affect his performances for his club Oldham.
It was the midfielder's impressive form for the Latics in
England's League One which grabbed new South Africa coach Gordon
He has since gone on to represent his country five times since
September, his latest outing Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to Zambia in Soweto.
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The Capetonian reckons his recent call-ups to the national side
have set him back at Boundary Park, where despite being club captain, he
has since regularly started off the bench.
"It is difficult missing games because Oldham is my bread and butter," the 24-year-old told BBC Radio Manchester.
"I've been here for a long time and I want to see the club do
well. It's tough to go away, but when your country calls, it's hard to
"It's a very difficult situation and one that I never thought I would be in. I have to go and serve my country."