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Keagan Dolly admits disappointing end to men's Olympic football campaign

Posted: 17 August 2016 Time: 16:51

South Africa Under-23 captain Keagan Dolly has admitted disappointment over their early exit at the Men’s Olympic football tournament in Brazil.

The men’s Olympic football team failed at the first hurdle after being eliminated from the group stage of the competition following two draws against Brazil and Iraq, and a defeat to Denmark.

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South Africa started the tournament brightly with a firm and inspiring display against the hosts in their tournament opener, but then failed dismally in their attempts to overcome their less-favoured Asian and European counterparts in the remaining two fixtures.

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Dolly, however, believes it was invaluable experience gained which the team can take forward, while also praising his teammates’ efforts in managing a 0-0 result against the Selecao.

“I think overall it was a good experience for myself and the whole team,” said the Mamelodi Sundowns winger. “I think we tried to represent the country to the best of our ability.

“In the first game, especially, we showcased to the world what we have here in South Africa and, although we lost against Denmark we created chances that we couldn’t convert so it’s always disappointing if we do so well in the first game but we can’t qualify for the next stage. But overall I think the boys did well.”

The 23-year-old limped off during the team’s final clash of the tournament but has eased Sundowns supporters’ concerns, confirming his return to action in time for their MTN8 clash against SuperSport United next weekend.

“It’s only a grade-one strain in my hamstring and I’ll be back in a week’s time. I think I’ll be ready by the time we play against SuperSport, and I’ll join the team as soon as they get back from Nigeria.”

The Brazilians are set to travel to Abia, Nigeria for their final CAF Champions League Group B clash against Enyimba next Tuesday evening, and will return ahead of their MTN8 semi-final fixture on Sunday.

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Article by: Chad Klate
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