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Globe-trotting Oldham Athletic captain Dean Furman returns to Boundary Park

By Matthew Lees

Oldham Athletic captain Dean Furman returned to Boundary Park today after his international exploits for South Africa.

South Africa lost to Poland 1-0 on Friday but defeated Kenya 2-1 four days later, with Furman playing in both matches.

Furman reflecting on Friday’s game believes it provided South Africa with a decent workout.

He told the club website: “Poland is a good side and the FIFA rankings are a little unjust.

“I was not surprised how they took the game to England and drew against them in midweek.”

South Africa travelled to Kenya for their next match with different conditions for them to play with, which worried Furman.

He added: “The pitch in Nairobi was unbelievable – bumpy hard and yet in some places soft so the ball didn’t run true.

“It was also completely different to when we trained on it and apparently on the morning of the match there was a march and horses had been on the pitch.

“It was dangerous and I wasn’t looking forward to the game, but we had to get on with it as a job had to be done.”

Having made his debut against Brazil in September, Furman has made all four of his international appearances this season.

This has taken him across the world to three different continents, with games against Brazil, Mozambique, Poland and Kenya, totalling 20,000 miles.

South Africa hosts the African Cup of Nations which takes place in January 2013.

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