South African international Keagan Dolly struggling in France

South African international Keagan Dolly struggling in France
Keegan Dolly

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Mar 31, 2017. 13:30

Bafana Bafana and Montpellier winger Keagan Dolly says he is struggling with the language barrier in France, but he is willing to learn.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town midfielder was speaking after their 0-0 draw against Angola in an international friendly on Tuesday night.

According to local media reports, Dolly revealed that it is difficult to settle down in another country, but he is prepared to give his best in the French Ligue 1.

Dolly was instrumental for Owen Da Gama's men in their previous friendlies against Guinea-Bissau and the Palancas Negras.

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He plays in France together with former Orlando Pirates striker Kermit Erasmus, who plays for RC Lens on loan from Stade Rennais, Dolly said the Bafana striker shared some advice.

“It’s been very difficult. Nobody even spoke to me for the first couple of weeks. I played with my phone and went home to my apartment after training in those early days. Now I’m taking French lessons,” said Dolly to Daily Sun.

“Kermit said I must try and pick up words here and there, which would help me get by.

“Apart from the language barrier, the soccer in France is totally different to what I’m used to in SA. It’s something I will have to adapt to. But I’m willing to learn.

“Sometimes I play as a midfielder or as an out-and-out winger. I like to play quick one-twos but that does not work there.

"So I had to learn a new style. I’ve not been happy with my performance. I know I can and must improve.”

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