Furman: Afcon was the best football experience in my career so far

Bafana midfielder Dean Furman told Goal.com that he practiced the same penalty over and over again, but his effort was saved by Mali's Diakite in the lost shootout on Saturday

Oldham captain Dean Furman was one of three South African players who didn't score their penalty, as Bafana lost the shootout 3-1 against Mali. The game had ended 1-1 after extra-time.

“During training we did practice penalties, and I was confident that I was going to score. I did everything right, I did pick my spot and the keeper guessed correctly,” said Furman.

Despite the loss, Furman said he was very inspired to be part of the team, and enjoyed the experience gained in the tournament.

“It's been an amazing journey and we have worked as a team which is important. I think personally I was happy with my performances despite minor mistakes, but I think it is important to focus on the positives and try to build from there,” he said.

Furman said that playing in the 2013 Afcon was the highest standard of football he participated in, and hopes that he will remain part of the team in future.

“I must say that, I have never felt this way in my entire life. This is my best experience in my football career so far, and I am grateful for the opportunity. Despite being disappointed because I would have loved to see us progressing, but I have accepted it and am ready to open the next chapter.

“We have tough games ahead of us, and it will be important for each one of us to take the lessons that we learnt from this tournament and apply them (going forward),” said Furman.