Former Sundowns forward wants more South Africans in Europe

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Keegan Dolly at his unveiling ceremony

Montpellier forward Keegan Dolly has admitted that more South African players need to ply their trade abroad if the national team is to become even stronger.

Dolly, who joined the French side from Mamelodi Sundowns at the end of last season after helping the club win a treble including the CAF Champions League.

“If you want to develop and test yourself among the best footballers in world football, then I would encourage more South African players to go abroad,” Dolly told BBC Sport.

“I felt like I wanted to challenge myself, embrace new culture, new football and face something completely different,” he explained on why he left Sundowns.

The Bafana Bafana striker also revealed that he tries his best in France since he is the representation of South Africans and hopes to open doors for more players to move to the nation.

You look at Steven Pienaar [former Everton and Tottenham midfielder] who has spent over 15 years in Europe; you can only draw inspiration from him. I feel like I am representing my country in France so I just try to do my best so that I can open doors for more South African players.

Dolly gave an example of nations like Cameroon and Nigeria that persistently play at World Cup finals as well as compete for the Afcon title saying they have players abroad.

Take a look at the African countries playing in the World Cups and competing for the Nations Cup title, to challenge them we must sacrifice like their players who are exposed to tough leagues and competitions in Europe.

Besides Dolly, only Andile Jali, Tokelo Rantie, Kermit Erasmus, Bongani Zungu and Lebogang Phiri are the foreign based players that featured in South Africa’s 2-0 win over Nigeria in the 2019 Afcon qualifier in Uyo.