Keagan Dolly’s return to the national team has been rubber-stamped by both his club coach Stuart Baxter and Bafana Bafana boss Hugo Boss following an absence stretching a year.
Dolly has provided three goals and four assists in 10 games after arriving at Kaizer amid weight and fitness concerns at the beginning of the season having not enjoyed a lot of minutes through his last season in France.
What he has displayed at Chiefs has been enough to earn him a call up to the national team again ahead of the decisive 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup qualifiers next week against Zimbabwe and Ghana.
"With Keagan it is absolutely warranted because he has been excellent in the games," says Baxter of Dolly’s return to the national.
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"He has worked very hard, and he has shown since he came back from France that he is not one of these lads who because they have had an experience abroad then he will come back and show everybody how clever he is. I think he has put in serious shifts as well as the stats would show and I am sure that is something that has been in the thoughts of Hugo (Broos)," says Baxter.
Broos also feels Dolly is deserving of his return in a squad buzzing with youth.
At 28, Dolly will find himself amongst the most experienced players in the squad.
"With the new players like Keagan Dolly for several months it didn’t go very well but he has done a great job and I read something from his coach Baxter that he has worked a lot and you see it on the pitch. We now see Dolly like the way we know him. He is decisive and he scores and players like that I like," says Broos.
Bafana will report for duty immediately after the weekend fixtures with the game against Zimbabwe next Thursday at FNB following by the trip to Ghana for the game on Sunday.