Furman waits for Bafana
Cape Town - Dean Furman of Oldham Athletic has expressed his desire to represent Bafana Bafana at the 2010 World Cup.
The Cape Town-born player has spent much of his life and playing career in England and is still eligible to play for South Africa. The 21-year-old spent his early playing career at Chelsea in the Premiership before spells at Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers, English side Bradford City and most recently First Division side Oldham Athletic.
The midfielder was called up for the Bafana Bafana squad by former coach Joel Santana for the match against Australia in 2008, but never featured in the starting eleven. The player told the Siya crew that he would continue working hard in the hope of receiving a call-up and was hopeful that his experience of working with world class players such as John Terry and Frank Lampard, in the early part of his career, would stand him in good stead.
The player also described the strengths of his game to the Siya crew.
He said, “I want to keep working hard at Oldham and keep my level of performance very high. I am available for selection for Bafana Bafana and I am looking for the chance to prove myself to the national team coach. I was part of the Bafana Bafana squad for the match last year against Australia, but for a variety of reasons didn’t get a chance to figure in the starting line-up.
“Obviously, having spent so much time in England at a club like Chelsea helped me to improve my game because in spending time with the likes of John Terry and Frank Lampard, I did learn a lot in terms of how world class players handle themselves on and off the field. I hope to get a chance to be part of the 2010 World Cup squad but to do this I must keep my head down and work even harder.”