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September 7, 2012 4:15 pm

Jewish Soccer Star Dean Furman Gets Call to Play for South African National Team

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South African national team ahead of friendly against Brazil. Photo: Facebook.

Jewish soccer star Dean Furman was selected by South African coach Gordon Igesund to be a member of the country’s national team in two exhibition matches, one on Friday against Brazil, and the second against Mozambique.

“It’s a great honor,” Furman told BBC Radio in Manchester.  “It’s the country of my birth, I lived there until I was five and some of my family still live there.  It’s a very proud moment for me. It’s something I’ve always dreamed of and I hope I can do myself justice.”

Furman, who once played for Chelsea in England, is hoping to use the opportunity to become a permanent fixture on the South African squad, ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 2013.

“It’s a real target. My aim over the coming 10 days is to show the manager what I’m all about and make sure I’m in his plans for the future.”

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Paul Dickov, who manages Furman at the club level for Oldham Athletic, said his midfielder’s call up is a deserved one.

“It is a reward for all the hard work he has put in. To get the chance to play against Brazil, with all their top players, will be a great experience.”

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