After his impressive performance for Carlisle United last weekend, former Supersport United captain Dean Furman has made the Sky Bet League Two team of the week in England.
Furman started the game in his more favoured central defensive midfield role and played the entire 90 minutes for the English side.
He assisted the only goal of the game in the 57th minute laying a beautiful assist for Rhys Bennett. Carlisle moved up to fourth on the log standings with 29 points from 16 games as they look to push to earn promotion to League One next season.
Newport County sit on top of the log with 33 points.
Since moving from the SA’s toplight, the 32-year-old has played 8 games for his new club, mostly off the bench as he still fights to secure a regular starting berth in the team.
Furman has also featured in the Football League Trophy and EFL Cup which were games that were aimed at helping him acclimatize to his new environment after five years in South Africa with Supersport United.
It has been quite a journey for the Bafana Bafana anchor who was groomed in the Chelsea academy before going on to play for clubs like Glasgow Rangers, Doncaster Rangers, Bradford City and Oldham Athletic and later moved to his native South Africa to join Pretoria-based SuperSport United in 2015.
While playing in South Africa the midfielder won two MTN8 trophies, two Nedbank Cup trophies and helped the club finish as runners-up for the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup. Furman was given the captain’s armband at ‘Matsatsantsa’ and he became part of a group of players who brought back glory days at the club.
At international level, Furman was scouted by South Africa in 2008 and called up to join a camp in England in 2008, this is where he impressed against Australia. It took four years before he made his first official debut against Brazil in a 1-0 loss in 2012.
Gordon Igusund was the national team coach at the time.
The hard-tackling midfielder has since made 58 international appearances for Bafana Bafana scoring four goals in the process. He has played in the 2013, 2015 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and featured in many Fifa World Cup qualifiers.
Furman is still part of the current national team set-up and in the recent AFCON 2021 qualifiers against Sao Tome ePrincipe he played a major role completing 90 minutes in both games.
RELATED ARTICLE: Furman joins League two side
By Prince Sobayeni