Bafana's Furman upbeat

By Drum Digital
05 March 2014

Bafana Bafana and Brazil part of Mzansi’s 20 years of freedom celebrations.

Bafana Bafana midfielder Dean Furman says he is looking forward to the international friendly match against Brazil scheduled for FNB Stadium later this evening.

Kick-off is at 19h00.

The match will form part of the country’s celebrations for the 20 years of freedom. It will also be an occasion to hand over the FIFA World Cup baton to 2014 hosts Brazil as well as an opportunity to unveil the two countries’ new playing kits. Furman said it was disappointing that Bafana Bafana were not going to the World Cup but highlighted a number of positives in the national team.

“First of all, our work rate is a given. That’s part of our game that will never be questioned. That should be a given to the starting 11 and the subs that will come on. We know against these top sides that anything less than 100 percent, we are going to be found wanting. It’s vital that our work rate should be right up there with everything we’ve got,” said Furman.

The Doncaster Rovers midfielder said the team will go into the match with a positive approach and a winning mentality.

Meanwhile, coach Gordon Igesund said he had not yet decided on the starting line-up or the captaincy.

“I have not yet decided on my starting 11, I am very close to it. I want to make sure we do things properly. We still have to analyze tapes for the opposition and once I have finalized my starting 11, I will be able to announce the captain,” he said.

The coach said training in the rain did not have any impact on his plans. He also spoke about the disappointment of missing Captain Itumeleng Khune.

“The rain is part of the game and missing Itumeleng Khune is a huge blow. He is a top class goalkeeper, probably in the top 10 or top 15 in the world and to miss a goalkeeper like that is a bit of a blow.

“As far as our preparations are concerned, it’s not difficult when you have a squad that has been with you for some time. Most of the players have been with me for 18 months and over those 18 months we have worked on how we want to play, the philosophy and so forth. In the two days that I have had them they understand quickly what we need to do because we have been doing that for 18 months.

“For me it’s very important that we go out there and put up a performance that we are capable of putting up. We have to continue from where we left off against Morocco and against Spain. I am very confident that the guys will put up a very competitive performance tomorrow night,” said Igesund.


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