Absa Premiership

Dolly doesn't want to be rested

2016-07-19 09:24
Keagan Dolly (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - There might be a number of people calling for Sundowns midfielder Keagan Dolly to be given a rest, but the Under-23 international says he doesn't want a break.

Dolly has soldiered on, excelling for both club and country in the Olympics bound national Under-23 team he captains and recently Bafana Bafana.

He will continue his hectic travelling when he returns from Cairo where he helped Sundowns beat Zamalek 2-1 and put one foot in the CAF Champions League knockout stage.

Dolly will link up with the Under-23s, who are preparing to travel to Brazil for the Olympics. 

"There is still much more to do although we qualified for the Olympics," Dolly told Vodacom Soccer. "There is always something more. We can't just say that we want to stop there.

"We want to go to the tournament not to just take part and say that we were there. We want to represent South Africa well and show that our football is growing.

"I have always told the boys that once we qualify for the Olympics, doors and opportunities will be open for us. It is up to us to make the most of it."

The Under-23 players have made the most of their chances, winning the Cosafa Cup in Namibia without their captain Dolly, who was doing duty with Sundowns. The midfielder admits that juggling these two roles has helped him grow.

"I was a bit sad that I couldn't be a part of the whole experience," Dolly added. "But I think that the boys did well. They showed character. It was a team effort.

"I felt really good for the boys. I know that there was a lot to take from the tournament. Juggling the national teams and my club has strengthened me mentally, especially playing in the continent.

"When I played my first game for Bafana Bafana, against Sudan, I was nervous and couldn't handle the pressure. All these games that I have played in the continent with Sundowns have helped me to overcome that.

"You could see in the game against Gambia that I enjoyed myself. That's why I am also able to do well in the national team."


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Breaking News

Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

After slow starts to their respective 2018/19 Absa Premiership campaigns, who will finish the season ranked higher?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.