Furman – talk of the town

2013-01-27 10:00

The Africa Cup of Nations is known as a marketplace to window-shop for new talent, which could be a boon for Bafana Bafana’s Dean Furman.

After his sterling performance against Angola on Wednesday, Furman has attracted interest from other clubs.

Bafana coach Gordon Igesund told City Press that he has been inundated with local and international calls from people enquiring about Furman’s agent.

Igesund said he was not surprised by the sudden interest in the Oldham Athletic player, saying he deserved to be playing at the highest level.

Oldham Athletic is in the third tier of English football and Igesund said he might be lost to a Premier League club.

“Yes, it’s true, I have been receiving calls from people asking for his agent’s number,” Igesund said.

“But I told them I don’t deal with agents and they must leave the boy alone as he is in camp, and I don’t want him to be distracted.”

He said he had always known the former Glascow Rangers midfielder had the potential to play for top teams in the world because of his work rate and ability to read the game.

Furman himself said he wanted to concentrate on the tournament and take it step by step.

“For now, my focus is on my first Afcon. I want to do well and help the country progress in the tournament. I can’t think about what is in the future. I am just happy to be here,” said Furman.

The 24-year-old, who is a product of Chelsea academy, has been the talk of town since his outstanding performance against Angola on Wednesday, which earned him the Man of the Match award.

But he was modest, saying it was a team effort and everybody knew what was required of them. He said they had to keep their feet on the ground in the tough game against Morocco this evening.

He said the team was encouraged by the support they got in Durban.

“We must take one game at a time and see what happens,” he said.

Furman is expected to keep his place in the team after bringing stability to the middle of the park.

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