Bafana Bafana ace Keagan Dolly waiting for opportunity at Montpellier in Ligue One
Posted: 21 November 2017 Time: 17:45
Bafana Bafana and Montpellier midfielder Keagan Dolly says he is patiently waiting for his chance after spending most of the season on the bench.
Dolly, who joined the Ligue One side in January after helping Mamelodi Sundowns win the CAF Champions League, has been an unused substitute for seven league matches in a row.
“Look, it’s okay now, I’m not playing as much but the team is doing well,” the player tells KickOff.com.
“I have settled in quite well, I have learned the language and I understand my teammates much better. I’m just patient and waiting for my chance to come. It’s been tough with all the travelling to the national team and coming back here. It’s been difficult to mix preparations this side, travelling to Bafana Bafana and coming back one day before the match. Hopefully now with this break, we don’t have an international match until March 2018, I can just focus on Montpellier and try to get more game-time.”
The 24-year-old says the most challenging part of his move to France has been developing an understanding with his teammates.
“That is the most challenging part on the field. Obviously, I play different to the French players. I’m more of a one-two's player and they are more direct here. But with more game-time the more they will understand how I play. All the travelling to the national team and missing out training sessions, that’s been one of the main challenges as well.”
Dolly was in Stuart Baxter’s squad that failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and says the national team must now shift focus to earning a spot at the 2019 African Nations Cup.
“We are disappointed and have ourselves to blame. We could have finished it off against Cape Verde and let ourselves down. We did well against Senegal but didn’t take the chances we created. Senegal got two to three chances they created and took it. But I think, scoring goals is something we struggle with in South Africa. Once we solve that we will go far. Now we must concentrate on trying to qualify for AFCON. We must keep our heads up and work harder.”
By Zola Doda