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Furman: I don't want to retire from Bafana

Dean Furman (Getty Images)
Dean Furman (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Bafana Bafana midfielder Dean Furman says he has no desire to retire from international football despite the fact he is leaving the PSL at the end of the season.

The 31-year-old defensive midfielder confirmed at the beginning of December that he would be leaving SuperSport United and the PSL at the end of the season.

However, Furman said he would not be hanging up his boots at club or international level and believes he still has plenty to offer Bafana.

“I don’t want to retire. I want to remain available for Bafana. There’s competition for places, but I still want to be part of that Bafana setup. But I first have to finish the season on a high,” Furman explained to IOL.

The Matsatsantsa midfielder has represented the national team at two Africa Cup of Nations, but is yet to appear at a World Cup.

Bafana get their AFCON 2021 qualifiers back underway next months and Furman's focus is on his football and not his future at the moment.

“I’m looking forward to the Afcon and World Cup qualifiers. Obviously, I have to sit down at some point and see where my future lies,” Furman said.

“We will discuss the future for the club football and international football as well.

“At the moment, I’m focused on the nine games that are left in the league and the upcoming qualifiers. Beyond that, we will consider that after this season.”

The Cape Town-born midfielder admits it is a disappointment to be leaving the PSL without a league title, but still wants to finish on a high and do his absolute best in the last nine games.

“Off course, I’m disappointed (that I’ll be leaving South Africa without winning the league),” he said.

“That’s the big one, but I’m delighted with the trophies we’ve won and the finals we’ve been too.

“The league is the one that has eluded us.

“To finish on a high, will be fantastic. With nine games to go, we’ve set ourselves a target.

“That target is still very achievable. The league is going to be extremely tough.

“We definitely want to finish on a high. We don’t want to take our foot off the gas.

“We want to continue picking up big performances and big wins before the end of the season.”

- TEAMTalk

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