Bafana Bafana midfielder Keagan Dolly is set to participate in his first ever COSAFA Cup and has welcomed this as a chance to cement his place in the AFCON squad.
A Bafana selection of mostly under-23 players, which is being led by coach David Notoane, are currently preparing for the regional championships taking place in Durban.
Amongst the fresh, exciting faces in the setup is the former junior national team skipper, who is fighting his way back from a lengthy injury lay-off.
Having been left to earn competitive minutes with Montpellier’s reserve side in France, Dolly has now been afforded further game-time at COSAFA.
The 26-year-old has his sights set on making the most of his time with his younger compatriots as he looks to prove his readiness for the Africa Cup of Nations kicking off in Egypt in a few weeks’ time.
“I am very happy to be in Durban to participate in my first ever COSAFA Cup. My family and I decided that it was important for me to be part of this team because it's a good way to show the coaches my level of fitness.
"So, that was the main reason and then, of course, I also need the game-time, especially because of the season I had – it was a bit difficult with injuries and not playing as much as I wanted to.
"But I am excited to be part of this exciting team and just getting back to my normal self. AFCON will also depend on how I do here, but I just want to get my confidence back and I'll give my all to help the COSAFA team.
"Hopefully then when I do join the AFCON squad, I can be at my best again and just make the final squad to go and represent the country well in Egypt."