For­eign fo­cus

In the past, stal­warts such as Benni Mc­Carthy, Quin­ton For­tune and Lu­cas Radebe proudly waved the South African flag abroad, their ex­ploits widely praised and recog­nised as they used their vast ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge gained from Europe for the bet­ter­men

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After three sea­sons at Ajax Cape Town, where he won the club’s 2013/14 Young Player of the Sea­son award, Dolly then re­turned to the club which had nur­tured him through his de­vel­op­ment, Mamelodi Sundowns. In his one-and-a-half year stay at Chloorkop, the skil­ful winger bagged the league, Telkom Knock­out and prized CAF Cham­pi­ons League tro­phy, form­ing the for­mi­da­ble ‘CBD’ part­ner­ship along­side Khama Bil­liat and Leonardo Cas­tro. Fol­low­ing pro­longed ne­go­ti­a­tions, Dolly’s Euro­pean dream was fi­nally made of­fi­cial on 27 Jan­uary 2017, as he was un­veiled at cur­rent French top-flight club Mont­pel­lier. He made a sat­is­fac­tory 12 league ap­pear­ances over the sec­ond half of the 2016/17 Ligue 1 sea­son, but fol­low­ing a change in coach, the former Sundowns star had to bide his time with the re­serves as he failed to make a first team ap­pear­ance in over three months at the tail end of 2017. A num­ber of im­pres­sive cup per­for­mances helped re­gain his spot in the side, as the 25-year-old ended last sea­son with nine starts and eight sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ances to his name, cap­ping off the sea­son with a de­but goal in May as he helped his club to a tenth-place fin­ish in the league. A reg­u­lar call-up to the Bafana Bafana squad over the past two years de­spite his topsy-turvy time so far in France, Dolly is well-placed in his ca­reer tra­jec­tory, ac­cord­ing to former South African na­tional team winger Del­ron Buck­ley. “He ex­celled in South Africa and is now into his sec­ond year in France, in a dif­fi­cult and very com­pet­i­tive league,” Buck­ley, who en­joyed stints in Ger­many, Switzer­land and Cyprus, said. “It’s a big plus for any South African to play in that league, and with all the ex­pe­ri­ence he is gain­ing and

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