Playing for Bafana 'costly'

2012-11-16 08:29

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 Igesund's attention.

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.

Gallery: Bafana v Zambia

Video: South Africa v Zambia

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 turn down.

"It's a very difficult situation and one that I never thought I would be in. I have to go and serve my country."


  • jerry.kb - 2012-11-16 08:46

    Do what is best for you first. It is obvious you are no longer enjoying this. Do what you consider the riht thing to do.

      phumlani.loliwe - 2012-11-16 09:02

      I'm with u on this one, Gordon should try by all means not to call-up overseas-based players when we play meaningless games like the ones against Mozambique and Kenya.

      William Mohlolo - 2012-11-16 09:06

      I do agree it is costly so, you can cut those cost by staying where you are. Whether we win or lose we are proudly South Africans and we don't have second homes like you do. We want people who will die for this country not people who do us favours. Thanks boss you're a good player but save your cost. Good luck

      sheamus.drager - 2012-11-16 11:04

      That is such a stupid comment William. The man travels roughly 20 000km per game and has done so 5 times in the last 2 months. That takes a toll. There are few players form JHB teams that travel 20km to the game and play like they are trying to fired. Atleast when he travels to a game, he actually puts in some effort. I agree with Phumlani, don't call up overseas players for African friendlies. Use them in the games like Poland.

  • mzwandile.riba - 2012-11-16 08:54

    I don't even know why this plonker is in the national team...

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-11-16 09:10

      coz he is injecting some representivity into the team at least like all other codes are forced to do.

      hugh.lawrence.71 - 2012-11-16 11:15

      U need to understand dat d level of Football other than SA is very high mate hence u come play piss willy games all d time u will get droppd frm yor regular spot...there 11 other players as gud as each other...but I gess u dnt knw dat..!

      mzwandile.riba - 2012-11-16 12:48

      @sean.wolf.3388 hence he plays for that juggernaut Oldham????

  • KyleVDMerwe7 - 2012-11-16 09:05

    NPower League 1 is still a better league than PSL

      frost.frost.980 - 2012-11-16 12:08

      There 5th division is still better than the PSL!

      dtsele - 2012-11-16 19:06

      And that was the topic @ hand...great input guys

  • William Mohlolo - 2012-11-16 09:16

    If its costly just stay where you are and save your cost Mr. We need people who are willing to die for this country not people who just do us favours. Thanks for your contribution and Good luck to your future. Wish you can take those who criticise anything our country do with you. All of them they are no use in this country.

  • thabo.malose.31 - 2012-11-16 09:17

    Deano, this moaning would'nt help if want to quit do like yr fellow cape town boy and write a letter after all we only want guyz who want to die for the country.

      ajdfrancisco - 2012-11-16 09:31

      U south africans,complain alot,when someone does good,u dont compliment but when bad is done then u wanna be there first to talk,Period if it is affecting his carre then it is affecting and accept it..Wat is wrong with him saying these,we got lots of chimpanzees jumping around there but doing nothing for the team,dead bugs.

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2012-11-16 09:36

    I don't like the English, but i love their patriotism. A call up to the National team is an honour for them. To be fair ,GI shouldn't have called the guy for a friendly game. You can quit the national team,u wont be the 1st person to do so

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-11-16 09:57

    Loyalty doesnt pay bills,this is your career,if u feel is jeopardised,dont gamble,cos SUFFER cn treat u adawise tomorrow,like ada x players

      Hugh Lawrence - 2012-11-16 11:35

      So true Eric Moloi

  • Thuli Stukzin Nkadimeng - 2012-11-16 10:11

    we surly need his quality since S.PIENAAR left the bafana squad....he is complete full player bt like any other footballer in de world tiredness may play role!

  • hugh.lawrence.71 - 2012-11-16 11:04

    Well I think he has filled S.pienaars shoes already an @least he dusnt go2 ground so easily...But jus like santana calling up Bryce Moon an not playing him he also suffered getting a regular spot in their starting X1@ panathanaikos an poak...! The level of spccer overseas is much higher than here...whether u playing in the 3rd div.or 1st. As for colour it has nothing to do with him being coloured from Cape Town..!

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