One of the most underrated defenders in South Africa, Bevan Fransman has quietly worked his way up the ladder and earned himself a berth at the FIFA World Cup™ finals. The lanky defender made his international debut in 2005, however his progress at the highest level has been hampered by lack of game-time whenever called to do duty for Bafana Bafana. Fransman, who practices his trade with Israeli side Maccabi Natanya, started his professional career at FC Fortune, a Cape Town-based club that was competing in the country’s First Division. He soon left for Belgian outfit, Royal Excelsior Mouscron in 2002. After a brief spell with them, he came back to South Africa to join the country’s glamour club, Kaizer Chiefs, where he won the league title in 2005. In mid-2006 he went to Moroka Swallows and his first season there saw him force his way into the national squad.
Fransman was a member of the 2008 CAF Africa Cup of Nations team that went to Ghana, but he did not play. He did help the side to win the tournament for southern African nations, the Cosafa Cup, in 2007. Parreira has been sending strong hints on his preferred first choice back four, and that doesn’t include Fransman. However, he has been earmarked for a role on the bench as a reliable cover. Fransman was aprt of the team that took part in South Africa’s last outing at the Africa Cup of Nations, in 2008. He was unlucky to miss out of the FIFA Confederations Cup last year.