Dolly talks overseas challenges

Posted: 9 November 2017 Time: 17:30

Bafana Bafana midfielder Keagan Dolly says he felt his career would stagnate if he didn't challenge himself abroad.

Dolly traded Mamelodi Sundowns for Ligue One outfit Montpellier in January. And while the 24-year-old has struggled for game-time in France he is confident his fortunes will change.

"I wanted to get out of my comfort zone," he told FIFA's website. "I thought that if I stayed in South Africa, I'd stagnate and always be the same player. By going to Europe, I've started to learn a lot, I'm picking up experience and I hope to become a better player. My time will come, and when it does I'll seize my chance."

Meanwhile, Dolly believes the national side can "pull off a miracle" and qualify for next year's World Cup.


Bafana find themselves at the bottom of Group D but can snare a ticket to Russia 2018 if they beat Senegal in back-to-back matches on Friday and Tuesday.

Dolly has faith Stuart Baxter's side can complete one part of the mission in Polokwane tomorrow, drawing particular encouragement from the 3-1 win over Burkina Faso in their previous qualifier.

"Everything depends on us now. We don't need to worry about other results. We just have to go out on the pitch with nothing else on our minds and win these two games. Beating Burkina Faso gave us the confidence we needed for our two remaining matches."

Sundowns famously won the CAF Champions League in 2016 after being eliminated and then reinstated to the competition after AS Vita were disqualified for fielding an ineligible player.

Dolly added of the unlikely triumph: "We can use that as a motivation. We can turn this event in our favour because some of us have already been in a situation where everything seemed lost and we ended up winning the title. If we play the same way we did against Burkina Faso, we can pull off a miracle." 

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Article by: Staff Reporter

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