The announcement that Dean Furman would be leaving South Africa earlier this year took many by surprise, but the Bafana Bafana man has explained why he made the decision…
Furman has played more than 150 games in the Premier Soccer League since making the move to the Absa Premiership back in 2015, winning two Nedbank Cup titles and two MTN8 titles along the way.
Now though, with his contract expiring at the end of June, the 31-year-old has confirmed that he’ll be moving on from Matsatsantsa ahead of next season, explaining that it’s more of a personal decision than a football one.
Speaking to SAFA.net, the combative midfield man said, “It’s been something I’ve been thinking about for a while. My wife is pregnant and due in June and so that was one of the driving factors. We wanted to be closer to our family back in the UK, her parents and my parents.
“I sat on the decision for a long time. We discussed it back and forth with the club, with the management, with my wife, my family, my representative. We went back and forth and played out every scenario and we just thought it was the right thing to do at this stage of our lives.
“I’ll be leaving with a heavy heart because I’ve had a wonderful five years, I’ve really enjoyed every minute of it and I think we’ve been successful. I’m desperately sad to be leaving but it’s just something I have to do for my family’s sake.”
Furman reached his half-century last year when he made his 50th Bafana appearance against Libya, but it remains to be seen what lies ahead for his Bafana future given that no date has been set for the return of international football due to the Coronavirus outbreak.