What is the current whereabouts of Bafana leader Dean Furman?


What is the current whereabouts of Bafana leader Dean Furman?

From the pitch to the boardroom: This is what former Bafana Bafana and SuperSport United captain Dean Furman gets up to now…

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Back in the 2010s, one knew that former Bafana Bafana midfielder Dean Furman had the ball during a match when the crowd would shout “Mluuungu!” This was how Football-loving fans showed the Capetonian love.



Unlike many South African soccer stars, Furman started his professional career outside the country. He made his professional debut for Scottish Premiership side Rangers in 2008.

In the same year he joined English League Two side Bradford City, where he scored 5 goals in 31 appearances. From Bradford, Furman moved to English League One side Oldham Athletic in 2009. His career was on an upward trajectory as he won the Football League Goal of the Year two years later.

After four years with Oldham, which he captained, Furman was loaned to Doncaster Rovers – which also played in the English League One division. The midfielder’s presence was felt in Doncaster, as he helped them to the League One title in the 2012/13 season.

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Despite being offered a new contact by Doncaster, Furman returned to Mzansi in 2015, joining Pretoria-based club, SuperSport United. Although he never tasted league glory with Matsantsantsa, he lifted two MTN 8 trophies and two Nedbank Cups. The team also became runners-up in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup.

The footballer returned to English football in 2020 following the birth of his baby, joining League Two club Carlisle United on a one-year deal. He later spent a short period at National League side Altrincham, before signing for Warrington Rylands 1906 in 2022.


Furman received his first international call-up for Bafana Bafana for a friendly against Australia in 2008, but he did not play. His first appearance for the club came four years later against Brazil. He was also part of the Bafana squad in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament on home soil.

In 2014, ahead of the 2015 Afcon qualifier against Sudan, Furman was named national team captain. He took over from Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, who was shot and killed at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s family home in Vosloorus in October that year.


Following his retirement, Furman traded the pitch for the boardroom. The Bafana legend now works as a financial advisor for a United Kingdom-based company, Gameplan Financial.

However, according to the company’s website, Furman has not completely left the sports industry as the Gameplan team is formed by “current and former professional athletes looking for a new career outside of professional sport.”


Alaa Hamdy

Professional entertainment content writer in Hanover, South Africa. I know all the secrets of celebrities

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