Dean Furman put in another fine display for Bafana Bafana last week Friday, in the 1-1 draw with Morocco, once again proving his worth to the national team.
The primary role of the Doncaster Rovers man in the heart of Gordon Igesund’s midfield is to win the ball, keep it simple and pass it on. Against the Lions of the Atlas, he did just that, very effectively too.
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First of all, Furman gained possession in the game on 14 separate occasions, more than any other member of the team, retaining possession over 87% of the time.
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Secondly, alongside debutant Sibusiso Vilakazi, they won 100% of the challenges they went in for during the encounter, with Furman making 46 distributions (91% successful) throughout the game, also the best in the squad.
Finally, another interesting statistic is that Furman had just over 1.5 touches per individual possession, with 47% of his distributions being with his first touch, proving how adept he is at keeping it simple and doing his job.
The 25-year-old has endeared himself to Bafana supporters since breaking into the set-up under Igesund and, after grabbing his first goal for the nation against Botswana last month, ‘Mlungu’ will be hoping to keep going from strength to strength.
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By Joe Crann
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