Dolly urges South African players to move abroad

Keagan Dolly

Bafana Bafana midfielder Keagan Dolly has moved from South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns to Montpellier in France.

Montpellier midfielder Keagan Dolly has urged more South African footballers to leave the country’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) and play abroad.

The Bafana Bafana international moved from 2016 African Champions Mamelodi Sundowns to French side Montpellier in January for a fee of around $2 million, making it one of the most expensive transfers in South African history.

The 24-year-old, one of very few South African players to move abroad, has quickly embraced the challenges and is settling well in France.

Bafana Bafana beat Nigeria 2-0 in their opening Group E qualifier for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations to pick up their first ever official competitive win over the Super Eagles.

Dolly starred in Uyo with a squad largely comprising of PSL stars and six overseas-based stars like Andile Jali, Tokelo Rantie, Kermit Erasmus, Bongani Zungu and Lebogang Phiri.

The former Sundowns player believes that win in Nigeria coupled with more players going to Europe will further help narrow the gap between South Africa and other countries like Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Egypt and Ghana.

“Don’t get me wrong, South African players have benefited immensely from playing in the Caf Champions League and Confederations Cup, but we have to change the mentality that we struggle to settle in Europe,” Dolly said.

“Our players must be mentally strong, if your mentality isn’t right you won’t succeed anyway and that goes with life as well.

“You need to be prepared for challenges and I think with South Africa we tend to be complacent, enjoy living at home where the spotlight is on us, so we don’t want to leave the comfort zone.