local soccer 5.12.2014 02:10 pm

Furman excited by AFCON draw

Dean Furman. Pic: Sabelo Mngoma/BackpagePix

Dean Furman. Pic: Sabelo Mngoma/BackpagePix

Bafana Bafana captain Dean Furman has described the national team’s draw for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations as “tough but exciting.”

Bafana are in Group C with powerhouse footballing nations Senegal, Ghana and Algeria.

“It is a great draw,” Furman told the Safa website.

“It is without doubt very tough but also exciting at the same time. We are really looking forward to the tournament. We are thankful that we went through the qualifiers without a loss and that really has
enhanced our character. We need to continue from where we left off in the qualifiers.”

Algeria are the continent’s top ranked nation with Senegal ranked fourth in Africa, Ghana fifth and Bafana 12th.

Furman said a perfect foundation ahead of the tournament in Equatorial Guinea would be good preparation.

“Good preparations will give us a head start to the tournament,” he said.

Furman is currently fighting for his place at his English League One club Doncaster Rovers.

Tomorrow might see him make a return to the starting line up against his former team Oldham Athletic in an FA Cup match.

Last Tuesday against Barnsley, Furman, in a 1-1 draw , was an unused substitute.

His coach Paul Dickove has been vocal about the fact that the Bafana
midfield workhorse must fight his way back into the starting line up.

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