Aiming to score more

2013-09-19 00:00

Sport24 readers were given the opportunity to ask Bafana Bafana midfielder Dean Furman a few questions. These were some on the ones that stood out.

Dominic Valentine asked: Describe the emotions of missing out on 2014 Soccer World Cup qualification.

Dean Furman: As a player it is one’s dream to play in the World Cup. Watching the great spectacle South Africa put on in 2010 made me want to be involved even more. To miss out is extremely disappointing, but we must now concentrate on the next major tournament and build for the future.

Mojalefa Mothudi asked: Can you give us an inside view of the planned vision for Bafana Bafana?

Furman: I believe it’s vital Bafana take the positives of the last year and continue improving. We want to be competing at the highest levels and against the best nations. To do so, we must continue to work hard and improve both individually and collectively.

Dumisani Dee Rasenavho asked: Why do you think you had to wait so long to play for Bafana?

Furman: It was disappointing to have waited so long for an opportunity to join the national team, which was possibly down to me playing my football overseas. I am very thankful to coach Gordon for giving me the chance. My aim is to always play my best and give my all for Bafana in order to remain in the coach’s plans.

Raymond Silinga asked: When you first joined Bafana, what surprised/impressed you most?

Furman: The skill levels of the players in the national team really impressed me. Most of the players are capable of performing great skills with the ball and it’s always great when they come off in a game.

Mihlali Qoma asked: Will you play in the PSL in the future?

Furman: I will never rule out any option in my career as football can take you anywhere. With my roots being from South Africa, playing in the PSL is always a consideration. I follow the league through Twitter and various websites. I wouldn’t be able to choose one team [to join] in particular as there are many strong teams who play exciting football.

Maano Nekhavhambe asked: How’s life at Doncaster Rovers? Are you enjoying having fellow countryman Bongani Khumalo at the club?

Furman: The season has started well and we have a very competitive squad with many players fighting for positions. Bongani has started the season brilliantly and has been an ever-present in the side. It’s great having him here. We are very good friends and it’s a pleasure to play alongside him.

Maano Nekhavhambe asked: Which midfielder do you most admire in the game and why?

Furman: Frank Lampard. He has consistently been one of the best midfielders in the world over his career and his goal-scoring record from midfield is incredible.

Greg Sara asked:You scored your first goal for Bafana against Botswana. Is an aim to add more goals to your game? How would you describe your role for club as opposed to country?

Furman: It’s definitely my aim to add more goals to my game both for Bafana and Doncaster. For my club, I generally play with a partner in central midfield, which allows me to get forward more as opposed to the deeper role I have typically played for my country.

Liza Lucani asked: Where do Bafana need to improve in order to become more consistent?

Furman: I think a key to Bafana becoming more consistent is to become more clinical in front of goal. We have played many games where we have created several chances, but failed to capitalise on our dominance. Throughout the team, we must chip in with more goals to help the strikers out.

Kim Marais asked: Is Gordon Igesund a good coach? Should he have his contract extended?

Furman: The coach is a pleasure to play under. He is very precise and clear in his instructions. He wants the team to play in a free-flowing and positive fashion. The players are fully behind the coach, his staff and their ideas.

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