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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.”

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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  • Scott

    Dean Furman has been a good influence in the South African team, Dean is just what South African Football needed for the past few years and I must say he played excellent football against Brazil… *thumbs up*

  • Braham Finestone

    Please pardon my arrogance but the empress is morally wrong. If Mr Furman is lucky enough to be selected he should grab it with open arms.
    Am sick of sports being used by politicians for their own benefit.
    My friend in Israel was a South African Jew picked by Israel for the Olympics in the 800 and 1500m relay, after making Aliyah, but that was 25+ years ago – times change. The more we keep living in the past the less likely world peace.
    Who believes in Aparteid believes in the devil.2 wrongs make not 1 right.
    Are you so sure you aren’t being led on by the press?

  • Empress Trudy

    He should boycott the RSA. Turnabout is fair play.