It has been a very difficult three-and-a-half seasons for South African winger Keagan Dolly since leaving Mamelodi Sundowns to join French Ligue 1 side Montpellier in January 2017.
Dolly has made only 32 league appearances during his stay in France, mostly this is owed to the fact that the Westbury-born attacker has spent the majority of his time at Montpellier on the sidelines due to injury.
He left South Africa having lifted both the Absa Premiership league title and CAF Champions League with ‘The Brazilians’ as a member of the famous CBD (Castro, Billiat and Dolly) trio who were tormenting clubs in South Africa’s top flight between 2015 and 2017.
Having already put his injury set-backs behind him and started the 2020/21 season well in France, FARPost takes a look at some of the reasons why the Bafana Bafana attacker needs to succeed in the 2020/21 season.
TO EARN A NEW CONTRACT
When the 27-year-old left South Africa, he signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with the former French champions and now he has entered the final year of the deal. Having already started playing more minutes under coach Xavier Garbajosa, Dolly will need to work extra hard to score and assist as many goals as possible to get a new deal or attract interest from elsewhere in the division where he can take his career to the next level. A dismal season might mean the attacker would be released by the club to be a free agent at the end of the current season.
GETTING A BETTER DEAL ELSEWHERE
At the age of 27, the winger should be at his prime and needs to move to a bigger club in France or elsewhere in Europe as he looks to take his game to the next level. Big performances in professional football earn players opportunities to be scouted by bigger teams all over the world. Having had a difficult couple of seasons Dolly will be looking to make a good impression in the 2020/21 season in order to earn a move to a bigger club in Ligue 1 or any of the top 5 leagues in Europe.
PERMANENTLY REGAINING A BAFANA SPOT
Under coach Stuart Baxter the winger was called to the initial squad that was going to the 2019 AFCON in Egypt, but due to injury he had to withdraw from the final squad that traveled to the tournament. Dolly has already received three call ups under current Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki, the first coming against Mali in the 2019 Nelson Mandela Challenge. After a year’s absence in the national team he made a return last month as South Africa took on neighbours Namibia and Zambia in two friendly matches as part of the preparations for the 2022 AFCON qualifiers. He has also been named in the coach’s recent squad that is set to take on Sao Tome ePrincipe in back-to-back qualifiers on the 13th and 16th of November.
South Africa has a large pool of players who are raising their hands for the national team which will make selection a bit of a headache going towards the continental showpiece in Cameroon and Dolly will need to put in a couple of good performances for Montpellier to earn his spot in the team.
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