local soccer 4.9.2015 04:48 pm

Furman ready to do it

Furman ready to do it

For once, Bafana Bafana midfielder Dean Furman didn’t have to travel the globe this week to join up with his international team-mates.

Previously gobbling up the air miles in long plane rides from England, this time Furman just had to take a short drive from Pretoria and his new club SuperSport

“I am settling in very nicely, I am very happy, everything is good,” was Furman’s take on his new club as Bafana prepared to jet off to Mauritania at OR Tambo International Airport yesterday morning.

Furman’s fast entry into the SuperSport starting line-up – he has played a full part in both of Matsatsantsa’s Absa Premiership games since his arrival in Tshwane – is good news for Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba as the side prepare for tomorrow’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Group M qualifierin Nouhakchott. It is expected that Furman will resume his partnership in central midfield with Andile Jali, a combination that served Bafana so well, particularly away from home, in qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Bafana badly need the three points in Mauritania after a home draw in their opening qualifier in Durban in June. “We are up for the challenge,” added Furman “Going away, the conditions will be tough, and we don’t know much about them (Mauritania), we just need to apply ourselves.” Furman’s experience should help the Bafana squad settle in Mauritania, as should the presence of goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, back for an away-from home Africa Cup of Nations qualifier for the first time since he played for South Africa in Niger in September 2011.

“It is good to see Itu back and fit, it is good for us on and off the field,” said Furman. At the other end of the field from Khune, Bafana will need to rediscover their scoring touch, but Furman does not seem worried. “We are hoping for goals, we have got the strikers,” he said. “If we are not creating chances it is a problem but we are, we just
have to go there and score.”

Bafana were expected to arrive in Mauritania late yesterday.

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