After winning the CAF champions league with Mamelodi Sundowns back in 2016, Keagan Dolly took the next step in his career by joining French Ligue 1 side Montpellier Herault in January 2017.
But in the three and a half years he has been in France the winger has only made just 32 appearances for the former French champions mainly due to injuries.
Dolly spent most of last season on the sidelines after being injured on match day two of the season. His only goal for the club came in a 2-1 win over Nantes in the 2018/19 season.
The series of injuries have affected Dolly’s international career as he missed out on selection during the 2019 AFCON qualifiers under coach Stuart Baxter. Dolly was selected in the initial squad for the AFCON, but after another injury blow during preparations towards the tournament the winger was withdrawn from the team which dealt his chances of appearing in his first ever senior AFCON for South Africa.
The 27-year-old has had a full pre-season with the club preparing for next season and with a year left on his current contract it’s very important to have a strong showing in the newly started season.
Dolly made a cameo appearance in Montpellier’s 2-1 lose to Stade Rennes last weekend and with midfielder Florent Mollet out with suspension Dolly is likely to get a start this coming weekend as Montpelier face OGC Nice on Saturday afternoon.
During pre-season the former Sundowns attacker came off the bench a couple of times and even scored a goal in a pre-season friendly against Rodez as Montpellier won 3-1 which was a big confidence booster for him as he works towards having a good season in France.
Montpellier will be hoping to forget about their season opener where they lost to Rennes and fight to get get their first win of the new season. With only a certain number of football fans allowed to attend league games with strict social distancing rules the players will be delighted to play in front of a crowd unlike on other leagues where games are being played behind closed doors.
The winger will be hoping for an injury free season with his contract expiring in June of 2021 so playing well will be very crucial for him to earn a new contract or a move away from Montpellier.
The Confederation of African Football(CAF) recently announced that from November 2020 the 2022 AFCON qualifiers will be resuming with South Africa set to take on Sao Tome ePrincipe in a double header on match day three and four.
The winger would relish the opportunity to return to the fold under coach Molefi Ntseki who did call him up last season into his national team squad.
The national team is going to have a very busy schedule with almost two games in each international break and this is mainly due to the cancellation of international games due to Covid19.
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