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Perfect starts are 1 thing that JP Duminy and Dean Furman have in common when it came to their debuts as captain.
JP Duminy lead an experienced T20 South African side against the Australians. While JP's team lost the 3 match series, but he did win his first game as the captain. As for Dean Furman he lead Bafana Bafana to a win that qualified South Africa to 2015 edition of the AFCON tournament January.
A captain can lead a team for the first time only once. That match will forever be treasured in that captain's memories. As for Dean and JP, those memories will be good ones as they both started on the winning note as captains. Nothing beats a winning start.
Come Wednesday when Bafana Bafana play Nigeria, Dean Furman could very well suffer his first loss as a captain of Bafana Bafana. Like JP Duminy, Nigeria is a hoodoo team for South Africa as the Proteas have Australia as a hoodoo team. A loss on Wednesday for Bafana will not be a surprise.
Either way the South African big 3 now recognise that the tip of South Africa has man worthy of leading our big three sports. Kallis was the last Capetonian to captain the Proteas but the difference is Kallis never liked the idea of being captain. As for JP Duminy this is something that he wants. He finally had the opportunity of being the general of the South African team.
The last time Cape Town actually produced a captain for Bafana Bafana was Thabo Mngomeni. While Benni was the last Capetonian to captain the team (on 1 occasion), Mngomeni can actually be credited as the only player to actually captain South Africa. Ironically Dean Furman and Thabo Mngumeni actually play the same position (central midfielder).
Once Itumeleng Khune comes back into the national team fold for Bafana Bafana, Dean Furman may realise that his life span of being captain may be short just like JP tenure as captain was short lived.
2014 can be put down as a year were South Africa at some point were lead by captains from Cape Town in Jean de Villiers (rugby), Dean Furman (football) and JP Duminy (cricket). That has never happened before since 1990 when South Africa returned to international sport.
JP is currently recovering from injury hence his absence in the team. This Wednesday you can still catch the Proteas against the Aussies as they lock horns for the 3rd ODI match. the score is currently 1-1 after 2 games thanks to Morne Morkel match winning performance on Sunday.
Catch Dean lead South Africa this coming Wednesday, as Bafana Bafana play their last 2015 AFCON qualifier. This past Saturday events, Bafana won 2 goals to 1 against Sudan. South African goals were scored by Serero and Rantie.
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