There is a new kid on the block in South Africa, and his name is Dean Furman.

Born in Cape Town on the 22nd June 1988, Furman began his footballing career as a youth team player for Chelsea under 'The Special One' Jose Mourinho.

However, after failing to make the cut, he moved to Glasgow giants Rangers in an attempt to broaden his horizons.

After spending a season-long loan at Bradford City, the midfielder was allowed to leave on a free transfer, signing for Oldham Athletic in the summer of 2009.

Not much was known about the Bafana Bafana international until the African Cup of Nations match against Angola last Wednesday. Furman played with flair, heart and desire, winning the hearts of the South African fans.

The love and excitement he brought to the game and to the field was compared to the legendary South African footballer Eric Tinkler, a former hard-working, hard-tackling midfielder who is considered one of the all-time greats in the African country.

Well, move over Tinkler because Furman is the next star for SA.

Furman not only lifted the spectators but also his teammates, inspiring them to play with passion and determination, leading the nation to a 2-0 over Angola and putting one foot into the AFCON 2013 quarter-finals.

South Africa managed to qualify top of their group, holding Morocco to a 2-2 draw, to set up a clash with Mali in the next round.

With Furman also playing an influential role in that game, South Africans will be hoping that he can help to guide the Bafana Bafana to the final on home soil.


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