I’m up to the Poland challenge – Furman

2012-10-09 13:08

New Bafana Bafana midfielder Dean Furman wants to cement his place in the team so that he could realise his dream of playing in a major tournament, next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

After impressing in his opening two games in Bafana colours against Brazil and Mozambique last month, the Oldham Athletic player is expected to earn his third cap against Poland on Friday evening.

Kick-off is 8.30pm SA time.

“I was happy with my first two games and my aim is to keep on working hard to impress the manager. It has always been my dream to play in a major tournament and it would be good to do so in South Africa next year. I just hope I will do enough to stay in the team,” said the 24-year-old midfielder.

He said he enjoyed his time on the field, especially the welcome he received from the other players.
“I already feel at home and I am looking forward to more outings in the national team. There are a lot of new faces who want to impress the manager and this is good for the team.

“Everyone is competing for a place in the team and this will keep everyone on their toes. I thought we gave a good account of ourselves against Brazil and another positive showing against Mozambique and it is something we need to build on.”

However, the England-based player said he was saddened by Steven Pienaar’s retirement from the team as he was looking forward to playing alongside him.

“To lose such a top player like Steve is a major blow for Bafana. You need to look at how he plays for Everton, everything revolves around him and it is a big loss for us. But the players here will have to move on and try close the gap.”

He said he was looking forward to playing against Poland but expected a tough encounter.

But he believes Bafana would be up to the challenge.

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