SAFA and Mamelodi Sundowns agree to allow Keagan Dolly's participation in CAF Champions League
Posted: 22 July 2016 Time: 14:38
SAFA have agreed to allow key South Africa under-23 midfielder Keagan Dolly to honour his club responsibilities before joining his teammates at the Olympic Games.
A total of four players in the South African under-23 Men’s National Team will delay their departure to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games following requests from their clubs.
Dolly becomes the latest as he is set to feature in Mamelodi Sundowns' CAF Champions League return leg fixture against Zamalek next Wednesday.
Downs welcome The White Knight to the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, Pretoria for their penultimate group B fixture after beating the Egyptian outfit in Cairo last weekend.
Dolly’s teammates at the SA u23 side will depart for Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, 23 July, while he will only depart South Africa after his club fixture.
“Keagan is a true gem and we understand why his club has requested to still keep him for as long as they can," says Owen Da Gama.
"We are all supporting Mamelodi Sundowns in their quest to conquer the continent and therefore we have agreed that he may stay behind and join us later.”
Meanwhile, France-based midfielder Lebogang Mothibe is also yet to join his teammates in camp for the Summer Games, and 'ODG' confirms he will meet them in Brazil after also fulfilling club duty next Wednesday.
“We also have the situation of Lebo Mothiba, who plays for Lille FC in France. He is also expected to join his compatriots on Wednesday, 27 July – this comes after he was promoted to the first team at his club and they are currently in pre-season training.”
Also arriving late at the Olympics will be the Kaizer Chiefs duo of goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and Erick Mathoho who will only be released by their club after next weekend’s (Saturday, 30 July) Carling Black Label Champions Cup clash against Orlando Pirates at the FNB Stadium.