Dean Furman reflects on 'anti-climax' in Durban

Dean Furman reflects on 'anti-climax' in Durban
Dean Furman of South Africa during the 2019 African Cup Of Nations Qualifier match between South Africa and Libya at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on 08 September 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Bertin Basson

Monday Sep 10, 2018. 13:00

Bafana Bafana midfielder Dean Furman couldn't hide his disappointment following the country's goalless draw against Libya at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday.

Stuart Baxter's troops were eager to build on their 2-0 win over Nigeria in their Group E opener last year, but were unable to deliver the goods on home soil once more.

South Africa have now played to nine draws in their last 10 Afcon qualifiers as hosts, including six goalless stalemates. Bafana Bafana's last win at home in an Afcon qualifying campaign came back in 2014 against Sudan.

“It’s disappointing, really, to get a 0-0 against a team that pretty much puts everyone behind the ball,” Furman told SuperSport TV after the match.

“We kind of knew that’s how they were going to play and the challenge was for us to break them down. Unfortunately we didn’t do enough in the final third. We didn’t cause them problems.

“There were few moments where we could have done better, but going forward we need a bit more cutting edge. We were lacking that today, our ball tempo was bit slow. It’s a disappointing 0-0 for us. Credit to them, but to us it's a bit of an anti-climax really."

Next up for South Africa is back-to-back qualifiers against Seychelles next month.

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