Bafana Bafana’s Keagan Dolly was full of confidence after arriving at the South African national team camp in Durban ahead of the crucial back-to-back AFCON 2021 qualifiers against Sao Tome ePrincipe.
Speaking to the media this week, the winger said that the national team has the right player personnel with players doing well at their respective teams.
“I think it shows that we want to go forward and we’re moving in the right direction you know. I think it’s always good to have players come in with confidence and with the squad we have it’s a good balance of young players and experienced players, I think we can work well together,” he explained.
Dolly also feels things have been coming along well at his club having had good preparations before the 2020/21 season got underway in France. “Yeah obviously it’s not a secret that I’ve not been playing as much at my club, I’ve been suffering from injuries, but that’s in the past now… I had a good pre-season,”
“We were in pre-season for nine weeks and I think that helped me a lot and that gave me a lot of confidence. Scoring in the last camp against Zambia helped me going back to my team. Getting the few minutes that I do get at my team is also helping me to get more call-ups to the national team and just come here with confidence and do my best to help the team and represent the nation well,” he continued.
Bafana Bafana will be looking to get some positive results against Sao Tome after last month’s disappointing games when Ntseki’s men drew 1-1 against Namibia and lost 2-1against Zambia at home in friendlies.
Dolly feels the team wants to put those results behind them and do the job against the minnows. “We were playing at home and had a few new players, but that’s no excuse. I feel like a few players were still unfit because the season here in South Africa had just ended and you could see, but now hopefully since we went back to our teams and got full match fitness, now we can focus on the games and try to do better.”
“In the past we suffered a lot from taking the small teams lightly, now we try to learn from our mistakes and like I said now it’s just for us to focus on what we do best and listen to the coach and try to work as a team,” Dolly concluded.
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