Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town midfielder Keagan Dolly will make his international
debut for Bafana Bafana when he takes to the field in the team’s opening
2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Sudan on Friday.
Speaking before he had heard the news of his inclusion, Dolly said he was delighted to be part of the national team set-up.
been an honour and I’m so grateful to be among the best players in
South Africa. So far, so good and I am just hoping that it can
continue,” he said.
Dolly, who has signed a contract with
Mamelodi Sundowns for next season, added that working under
newly-appointed coach Shakes Mashaba has seen an emphasis placed on
rewarding youngsters for their good form, both locally and abroad.
He had been included along with fellow debutant Bongani Ndulula from AmaZulu, in Shakes Mashaba’s 4-4-2 formation.
will start on the left, with England-based Dean Furman and
Belgium-based Andile Jali controlling the central midfield. Kaizer
Chiefs winger Mandla Masango will start on the right.
Up front, Tokelo Rantie will work alongside Ndulula and provide some much-needed experience to help the new cap in attack.
Meyiwa has been handed the captaincy and will be in goal, while in
defence, Anele Ngcongca and Erick Mathoho have been tasked with holding
the centre. Thulani Hlatshwayo and Thabo Matlaba will be on the flanks.
shortly after finishing up Bafana’s solitary training session in a hot
and humid Khartoum on Thursday night, said the decision to hand Meyiwa
the captain’s armband was an obvious choice.
“It needed no rocket scientist to see that Senzo deserved this position,” the 64-year-old said.
has done well right through the season. In the absence of Itumeleng
Khune, we looked at all the boys that we have but we realised that Senzo
has achieved a lot, he deserves the nod to be the captain of the team.”
Kick-off for Friday’s fixture is 19:00 in South Africa.Bafana Bafana starting XI:
Meyiwa, Hlatshwayo, Matlaba, Mathoho, Ngcongca, Furman, Jali, Masango, Ndulula, Dolly, Rantie
Keet, Khumalo, Vilakazi, Manyisa, Zwane, Coetsee, Ntuli