local soccer 26.11.2014 02:36 pm

Furman faces battle for Rovers spot

FILE PICTURE: Dean Furman - Pic: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images.

FILE PICTURE: Dean Furman - Pic: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images.

Bafana Bafana captain Dean Furman has been told he must fight to win his place back in the Doncaster Rovers side.

Furman has been a key member of the Bafana side that has qualified for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals under Shakes Mashaba. He was even handed the captain’s armband by Mashaba for this month’s qualifiers, following the tragic murder of Senzo Meyiwa at the end of October.

But the 26 year-old midfielder has not played for Rovers since a 2-0 League One loss at home to Leyton Orient on October 21. Rovers coach Paul Dickov has changed the side’s formation from a 4-5-1 to a 4-4-2, and his preferred central midfielders have been Paul Keegan and Richie Wellens.

“Dean’s missed the last couple of games but he’s played the majority of games for us this season,” said Dickov, according to the Rovers official website.

“Reverting to the 4-4-2 with Paul Keegan and Richie Wellens has worked for us, and it’s up to the rest of the lads to force their way in.”

Furman has started nine of Doncaster’s 16 league games thus far this season. He is, however, set to miss even more matches for Rovers, as he heads off to Equatorial Guinea with Bafana Bafana for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals, that take place from January 17 to February 8 next year.


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