A lot at stake for Bafana – Furman

South Africa captain Dean Furman believes that the 2015 Africa Nations Cup presents an opportunity for the players to remain in coach Shakes Mashaba’s plans in future.

The Doncaster Rovers midfielder be­lieves that there is plenty at stake for this young Bafana Bafana squad but also for the players as individuals.

South Africa are in the tournament’s ‘Group of Death’ along with Ghana, Senegal and Algeria.

“For us as individuals we have to make sure that we play well enough to keep in the coach’s plans for the future, so there is a lot at stake for us as a team, as a nation but also as individuals so we need to make sure we are on top of our game at all times,” Furman said.

Furman made his Afcon finals debut when South Africa hosted the event in 2013 and earned the respect of his country with his robust midfield perfor­mances that were full of heart, desire and skill.

“I have some good memories from the first one which was played on home soil and it was incredible, with big crowds.

“But there are also some not so good memories with penalty shootout the main one – which shows we were just a penalty shootout from the semi-finals and we are much more capable of matching the top teams on the con­tinent, something we can take a lot of belief from.

“But now it’s a new squad, a new team and we have to make sure that we are ready for this tournament which will pose different threats, and we have to up our game to the maximum.”

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