Keagan Dolly draws inspiration from Steven Pienaar

Keagan Dolly draws inspiration from Steven Pienaar
Keagan Dolly of South Africa challenged by Paul Katema of Zambia during the U 23 African Cup of Nations match between South Africa and Zambia at Stade Leopold Stadium,Senegal on the 01 December 2015 ©/BackpagePix

by Bertin Basson

Sunday Jun 18, 2017. 20:00

Keagan Dolly hopes to see more South African footballers making the move to Europe in the near future.

In an interview with BBC Sport the Montpellier man revealed that he admires what the likes of former Everton and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Steven Pienaar achieved - further stating his wish that more Bafana Bafana stars present and future will follow suit.

"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," Dolly told BBC Sport.

"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,"

"I felt like I wanted to challenge myself, embrace new culture, new football and face something completely different.

Dolly added: "You look at Steven Pienaar [former Ajax Amsterdam, Borussia Dortmund, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder] who has spent over 15 years in Europe; you can only draw inspiration from him."

Andile Jali, Tokelo Rantie, Kermit Erasmus, Bongani Zungu and Lebogang Phiri spearhead an exciting crop of South African players currently plying their trade abroad.

The likes of Liam Jordan and Luther Singh lead the next generation with the country's growing focus on doing well in the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederations Cup also helping Bafana Bafana's cause.

Dolly,24, starred for Mamelodi Sundowns as the Brazilians lifted the 2016 CAF Champions League crown.

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