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Dean Furman may be leaving our shores, but his heart still burns to play for Bafana

DEAN FURMAN still has a burning desire to continue donning the Bafana Bafana colours despite his impending departure from the local Premier Soccer League (PSL) at the end of the season.

The 31-year-old has earned admiration for always wearing his heart on his sleeve whenever he is selected to represent the country of his birth, and even now he still wants to help his country qualify for another major tournament.

“I don’t want to retire. I want to remain available for Bafana,” said Furman.

“There’s competition for places but I still want to be part of that Bafana setup. But I first have to finish the season on a high,” he explained.

Bafana will resume the qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) next month. Furman has campaigned in two Afcons with Bafana in the past but he is yet to ply his trade at the biggest spectacle on planet earth.

“I’m looking forward to the Afcon and World Cup qualifiers. Obviously, I have to sit down and see where my future lies.

“We will discuss the future for club football and international football as well.

“At the moment, I’m focused on the nine games that are left in the league and the upcoming qualifiers. Beyond that, we will consider that after this season,” he added.

Furman is leaving South Africa at the end of the season and will be heading back to United Kingdom.

During his stint with SuperSport United, the ever-hardworking Furman has enjoyed a trophy-laden spell with the Tshwane giants but the Absa Premiership triumph has eluded him.

“Of course I’m disappointed,” Furman said about leaving South Africa without winning the league. “That’s the big one but I’m delighted with the trophies we’ve won and the finals we’ve been to. The league one is the one that has eluded us.

“To finish on the high, we will fantastic. With nine games to go, we’ve set ourselves a target. That target is still very achievable. The league is going to be extremely tough. We definitely want to finish on a high. We don’t want to take our foot off the gas.

“We want to continue picking up big performances and big wins before the end of the season,” Furman continued.

However, Matsatsantsa a Pitori blew their title aspirations this past weekend in a 1-0 loss to Lamontville Golden Arrows at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont. Knox Mutizwa netted the winner for Abafana Bes’thende.

As a result, SuperSport are third on the log with 34 points after 21 games. They are 11 points behind the log leaders, Kaizer Chiefs.