Dolly inspires youngsters in Soweto
Posted: 27 December 2017 Time: 08:58
Bafana Bafana and Montpellier midfielder Keagan Dolly has explained his decision to participate in the Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge in Soweto over the weekend.
Dolly is currently back home after being afforded time to spend Christmas with his family, as the French Ligue 1 is on a short recess until January 6.
Despite recently returning from an injury lay-off, the 24-year-old former Mamelodi Sundowns star took the field at the amateur tournament to help La Masia FC advance to the semi-finals after beating Meadowlands Academy 1-0 at the Nike Training Centre on Tuesday.
“I’ve always heard a lot about this tournament [Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge] while I was growing up,” Dolly explained.
“I always knew how big it was. Some of the best talents we have in this country always turn up to showcase their talents here.
“It just felt good to come back and play in front of a crowd, with a group of fellows I grew up with. It was good to have a run with them and also make them aware that [I’m still the same Keagan Dolly].”
While the decision could have resulted in injury, Dolly further explained that the main goal was to get a bit of fitness under his belt while on his break, but also to inspire the young aspiring footballers that were taking part and watching the spectacle.
“My other intention was to keep fit because eight days without doing something to help you keep in shape is pretty bad,” he added.
“It was also to inspire the up and coming young ones by sharing my experiences with them so that they can believe that: ‘If Keagan made it, then we too could do the same.’
“My advice to them is that they must just keep working hard because you never know who is watching.”
The tournament continues on Wednesday, with the semi-final stages kicking off at 09h00 for the Under-17's and the final senior men's fixture set for 17h00.