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Furman stars for South Africa

12 September 2012

Dean named man of the match

Dean Furman was delighted after his man-of -the-match performance earned South Africa a 2-0 win against Mozambique at the Mbombela Stadium last night.

Latics' captain, in only his second game for Bafana Bafana, showed great composure, work-rate and tactical awareness to secure Gordon Igesund his first win as national team coach.

Furman said the team is happy with the performance.

He explained: "For me, it's a massive occasion to play in my home country in front of my home fans. For us to go and be dominant in the game and come out 2-0 victors it's a great feeling. The boys were very happy in the dressing-room.

"It's been incredible. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity four years ago to be in the squad so I knew some of the boys. The whole team has been great with me coming into the team.”

Igesund seemed less pleased by the performance, though he concedes it was difficult with all the travelling the team had to do.

He explained: "We travelled through four time zones and the bodies of the players were tired. he said. I'm satisfied, we did okay. We weren't great and still gave the ball away too much.

"But I can't expect more after four days of training. I'm happy with the attitude, I'm happy that we won the game and I was also able to throw in a couple of young players in there to give them a chance.

"At the end of the day, we've played two games and it's something to build on. We've really got a lot of work to do."

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