South Africa Player of the Week: Dean Furman - Bafana Bafana

The man who engineered South Africa's victory over Angola was an inspirational force in the midfield during a dominant display by the Afcon hosts
South Africa Player of the Week
Dean Furman
AGE 24
POSITION Midfielder
TEAMS  South Africa
South Africa
2-0 Angola

Furman did not feature in Bafana Bafana's opening game against Cape Verde and his influence on proceedings was sorely missed, as the South African midfield produced a toothless display. The team needed a player who could break up play in the middle of the park and control the game against Angola. Enter Dean Furman, a player with a great passing ability and vision. He was able to completely dominate the likes of Pirolito and Geraldo during an inspired outing. Partnering with Mahlangu and then Yeye, Furman has been given many accolades for his performance against Angola. Consistency will be his key to success as he faces another tough task against a proficient Moroccan midfield. For now, he has been named South African player of the week due to his remarkable display against the Pelancas Negras. The Atlas Lions will surely provide a different kind of test for the Oldham Athletic man who is quickly becoming a household name amongst South African fans.   

Congratulations to Dean Furman,'s 15th South Africa Player of the Week winner!

Honourable Mention

Siyabonga Sangweni– South Africa

Sangweni's lung bursting run and volley will be remembered by Bafana Bafana fans for an age, as it was the moment he inspired the national side out of the doldrums and into a winning position, when everyone doubted their ability to beat Angola. He was also a solid defensive force against Cape Verde and the Palancas Negras, highlighting why he deserves an honourable mention.

Ithumeleng Khune - South Africa

Khune was solid and effective with his distribution against Angola, while his goalkeeping ability is still a vital aspect of the success of the national side. He is hoping to go from strength to strength as the tournament progresses which can only bode well for Bafana Bafana. 
Katlego Mphela– South Africa

"Killer" may not have found the back of the net, but he was an integral part of almost every one of Bafana's attacking moves as he linked up well with the midfield and his attacking partners. He believes he will start scoring soon, but should be pleased with the effect he had on the game against Angola.

Each week our team of writers will put forward a selected candidate, as chosen by South Africa, who deserves recognition for achieving something special that matchday.

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It won't necessarily be the best player in the country - at least not usually - but whoever we crown will have accomplished something amazing. It might be for a particularly awesome performance or for something praiseworthy off the pitch - either way, the person in question deserves special attention...