Furman dejected over miss

Dean Furman had another brilliant game in a Bafana Bafana shirt, but the missed penalty will be remembered

Posted: 3 February 2013 Time: 12:52 pm

Dean Furman had another brilliant game in a Bafana Bafana shirt, but it will be his missed penalty against Mali that dominates his Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final memory.

The Oldham Athletic midfielder put on a polished display in the centre of the park – along with Reneilwe Letsholonyane and May Mahlangu – an area of the game the Eagles were expected to dominate.

Furman was often the starting point of attack, and a saviour in defence during 120 minutes of football, which ended even at 1-1, and forced a penalty shoot-out.

He was tasked with the second kick after Siphiwe Tshabalala had scored Bafana’s first penalty. Furman hit his low and to the left but Mali goalkeeper Soumbeyla Diakite, who has a good reputation from the spot, saved the effort.

“In training I took it the exact same way, aimed for the same spot and it went in,” he told KickOff.com.

“I’m devastated, I’m totally devastated. It’s hard not to let it get to you when you know how much it means to the team and millions of people. We played well today; it’s just so hard to take.”

Furman, who has become a fan favourite, will have the chance to compete on another big stage when he returns to England, as Oldham tackle Everton in the FA Cup fifth round on February 16.

Article by: Melissa Reddy

Previous comments on this story...

Super Green
posted: 12:55 pm
Furman you rock...you stick to the basics and impressed me...well done. You have guts and played your heart out for Bafana.
Gucci Man
posted: 01:07 pm
You're not alone mfana, keep you chin up
It happens to all players .....e.g Roberto Baggio , Gabriel Batistuta, Romario, Ronney , Asomoah Gyan .

Thanks for your contibution and the other 22 soldiers ,
Siyabonga ......hard luck ,
Better luck next time ......you have our support 100%, we're proudly South Africans
eemz
posted: 01:09 pm
“In training I took it the exact same way, aimed for the same
spot and it went in " mmmmhhh
Dj Lumeh (Treble Dj...)
posted: 01:30 pm
There is a huge different between the average, good, better and best player.
for me furman was a better player in middle when its comes to defending, pushing, winning and passing though he made 5 or 6 unsuccessfull passes and missed the crucial penalty kick.
Sgoloza82 *Golden Champ*
posted: 01:36 pm
Mlungu..... I dnt balme u, whr were da most expirianced guyz???? Dd they chicken out??? It doesnt matter nw, we r out. Back 2 PSL!!! Wht jersey no will da famous Kalaba b wearing????
Frank White (The Khosi Extremist )
posted: 01:40 pm
im glad u care dean,unlike that zandile jali traitor . It takes a real man to take a spot kick in that situation ....ignore these pap and custard cows and keep ur head up . Hook up with rob moore and hel find u a premier league club like wigan or play in belgium france and so on ...
Nipsy
posted: 01:42 pm
Furman you are a good player but it clearly shows that at training you were taking penalties with Senzo Meyiwa, no good goalkeeper can be beaten by the penalty you played against Mali. Your body clearly showed that you were taking the penalty to the left. I am not saying Meyiwa is a bad keeper, but on things like penalties you need to practice with the best that we have.

You send us out of the tournament and hurt millions of South Africans in the process Mr. Furman. No apology will be accepted at this level, you should make sure that you score a penalty at this level and no excuses. Why didn't you request GI to give the penalty to Sangweni or Gaxa because you were surely scared before even kicking the penalty.
Lady Goldilight
posted: 01:45 pm
Dean Furman SA is proud of you. Just keep your head held high and remember that it's not your fault that we lost. Missing a penalty is something that can happen to anyone.
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 01:57 pm
Its part of the game Dean don't sweat it. You have been outstanding throughout this Afcon and you deserved better.
MoDawana
posted: 01:57 pm
Once again you boys wore your green and glod hearts on your sleeves, You refused to be out muscled by the physically superior Malians. At the end of the day penalties are a gumble wherein one team must miss for the other to progress. Unfortunately it was our tema. Hard luck.

Anyone who blames Furman, May or Major for missing a penalty, has either never played never before like that fat SABC 1 armchair critique Mzimasi, or is blinded by this idiotic club bias.
Nipsy
posted: 02:01 pm
@Sgoloza82

Mlungu..... I dnt balme u, whr were da most expirianced guyz???? Dd they chicken out??? It doesnt matter nw, we r out. Back 2 PSL!!! Wht jersey no will da famous Kalaba b wearing????
.......................................

Stop exposing yourself that you never played soccer and you are clueless young man. Don't these words from the editor give you an idea that players are tasked to take penalties "He was tasked with the second kick after Siphiwe Tshabalala had scored Bafana’s first penalty. Furman hit his low, and to the left corner but Mali goalkeeper"

How do you expect experienced players to choose themselves to take penalties if GI has got his own plan? You joined Kickoff today but already you want to be KING who always talk without substance.
MoDawana
posted: 02:05 pm
To digress a bit: me thinks Sangweni should be made captain thats if SAFA is amenable to him conducting interviews in isiZulu. If not, give it to Khune.

Remove the following "experienced" yet "always learning" dead wood; Gaxa, Masilela, KG, Shabba, Khumalo.

These guys don't have football brains for international soccer: Phala, Shabangu and Mahlaba.

In: Patosi, Erasmus, Punch, Matoho, Claasen et al. Just saying.
Sense_Of_Glamour
posted: 02:15 pm
Furman shouldn't have taken the penalty. He was not confident, atleast not the second one. He put unnecessary pressure on May and Mahlangu but I don't blame him cause the Coach chose the players and the order. I blame Gordon, you don't coach penalties...
Sense_Of_Glamour
posted: 02:17 pm
May and Major... (I meant)
Sgoloza82 *Golden Champ*
posted: 02:32 pm
Nipsy o thlothlonya ke lerete boy... A coach doesnt choose panalty takers idiot, if u played soccer u would no dat!!!
Zitro
posted: 03:30 pm
Based on my few naive observation l totally disagree Furman is a great player and now l know why he is playing in a low league.As diffensive middlefield, in any formation, one to start attacks by linking with the diffence and the middlefielders but furman only know how to win the ball and pass whoever he is facing. That means in most cases he will be forced to play backwards ans in turn a long ball is played forward
Anti-Zebra
posted: 03:40 pm
Let me start of by congratulating Gordon's team for reaching the semi's. It is something I did not expect from them.

Honestly speaking, this team did not deserve to lose against Mali, and Mali will not go beyond the semi final should they have the same display as last night.

The reason why Gordon's team lost last night was because of the lack of quality in the team. With 4 or 5 more better players (which we do possess), this team could've made it without having to go through to extra time.

Otherwise this was the best this team could offer. For their quality they performed better than what was expected of them.

Gordon will remain the coach. I do not doubt that. But I do hope he swallows his pride and selects the better players for world cup qualifiers.

Once again, congratulations for performing to the best of your ability even reaching the semi's.

In a new better team I trust.
therovich
posted: 03:45 pm
Big Ups Dean! Great Game..And all the boys played their hearts out last night. Never mimd these loose mouth annoymous people no good for nothing critics. BB you have made us proud. P.s The best players in world football have missed penalties.
InGordonWeBelieve
therovich
posted: 03:48 pm
Big Ups Dean! Great Game..And all the boys played their hearts out last night. Never mimd these loose mouth annoymous people no good for nothing critics. BB you have made us proud. P.s The best players in world football have missed penalties.
InGordonWeBelieve
Erny13 wa Lekhosi
posted: 03:49 pm
BB did well I believe
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