FURMAN TO LEAD BAFANA
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovu
Dean Furman is set to take over from the late Senzo Meyiwa as Bafana Bafana captain. The 26-year-old from Cape Town led Bafana to their first victory at home on Saturday, a day after he was announced as the new Bafana captain, replacing Meyiwa, who passed away last month.
Furman showed interest in leading the side during media conferences last week, saying “it would be an unbelievable honour,” for him to be given a chance to lead his country.
“I was lucky enough to be selected as captain by the coach, but there are many leaders out on that pitch. For me it was the biggest honour and the proudest moment of my life to lead my national team,” he said.
He also believes that the team played well as he captained the side for the first time at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.
He revealed that it is his nature to lead people after he was spotted dishing out instructions in one of the training sessions.
Furman said, “I think that’s my nature- to go out and help other people and speak to the fans with or without the arm belt. It’s not going to change who I am as player. It’s a great honour to be the captain.”
Bafana Bafana mentor, Shakes Mashaba, revealed that they had selected a leader who will assist in linking the team and the technical committee.
“I think Furman qualifies if you look at our criteria.”
The criteria involved being a link between the team and the technical committee, and being able to carry out the coach’s instructions on the pitch.