Dolly On Life In France, Legends And Giving Back
Keagan Dolly Wants Less Talent Falling Through The Cracks In South Africa
It was a bit of a rush job for Keagan Dolly when he packed up and left for France, but now he’s got some time at home and is trying to give back to South Africa.
The Bafana Bafana international played 2 games for Montpellier following his move from Mamelodi Sundowns back in January and is now looking forward to enjoying a full pre-season at his new club following his rushed move earlier in the year.
Now in the country ahead of Bafana’s clash with Nigeria later this month, the 24-year-old says that it’s nice to be home, but sounds optimistic about what lies ahead following his side’s 15th-place finish in Ligue 1 this time around.
Speaking at the Nike Academy Johannesburg this week, Dolly told the Siya crew, “When I left to France it was quick. I just left and I didn’t come back. When I was last back for the national team I saw my mum and dad for like two hours at the airport, so it’s good to be home and spend some time with my friends and family.
“That’s what I need. When I got to Montpellier it was a bit difficult in terms of them being ahead of me training wise and I still had to try and understand the way they play there.
“After a few sessions and matches, I started picking up important words and things started getting better. I think that a full pre-season with the team will help me a lot.”
Meanwhile, on the work that Nike is doing, he said, “Projects like the Nike Academy are really important, especially in South Africa. To be honest, for as long as I can remember we haven’t concentrated on our youth in football. If we have more relationships like this one with Nike and the legends.
“I grew up watching the likes of Cyril Nzama and Stanton Fredericks. I used to look forward to watching them every weekend. I’d sit down with my dad and we’d watch these players. For them to take time out of their schedules to share their knowledge with the Nike Academy youngsters is really important.”
A squad of 40 promising unsigned footballers between 16 and 20 were selected for the academy and will be coached for nine weeks by the likes of Arthur Zwane and assistant coaches, Stanton Fredricks, Cyril Nzama and Percy Moloi.
They will also play a couple of friendly games against some South African professional teams.