- Kaizer Chiefs star Keagan Dolly believes the membership can overcome the robust occasions they’re experiencing this season.
- Chiefs haven’t received a trophy in what might be eight years by the top of the 2022/23 season.
- Amakhosi are again in motion in opposition to Orlando Pirates in a Dstv Premiership Soweto derby on Saturday.
Kaizer Chiefs ahead Keagan Dolly, who has had a quite lukewarm couple of seasons with the membership, revealed that he has no regrets over ending his time in Europe to fulfil his dream of enjoying for the Soweto giants.
The 30-year-old penned a multi-million-rand cope with Amakhosi earlier than the beginning of the 2021/22 season after his contract expired with French Ligue 1 outfit Montpelier.
Regardless of gives overseas elsewhere, Dolly selected to return to South Africa, however has his dream transfer to Chiefs develop into a nightmare?
“I knew once I got here to Chiefs that there can be stress, based mostly on the place I’ve performed earlier than and the way I’ve carried out earlier than,” Dolly instructed reporters forward of the DStv Premiership Soweto derby in opposition to Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium on Saturday.
“I can take it. It’s not one thing new to me. It’s a problem that I must cope with, and I really feel like I’m coping with all of it. I do not really feel prefer it’s making me really feel dangerous … It’s a problem I’m wanting ahead to overcoming it.”
Dolly amassed over 2000 minutes in 28 appearances for Amakhosi throughout his first marketing campaign, and whereas he netted eight targets and contributed 4 assists, many really feel he has not but delivered on his high billing.
Within the present season, the Bafana worldwide has 4 targets and 4 assists to his identify in 23 appearances in what has been a roller-coaster marketing campaign below Arthur Zwane, who’s getting a style of top-flight soccer in his first gig as head coach of the membership.
Dolly may be shouldering some duty, contemplating what is predicted from such a adorned participant.
Earlier than his four-year keep in France, he received a number of trophies with Mamelodi Sundowns, together with the CAF Champions League and the Premiership.
“I believe I’ve been doing nicely. I really feel that when the group will not be doing nicely, the blame involves me,” he continued.
“However I take it. I’m one of many captains. I’m one of many senior gamers, and I include expertise.
“It is part of the sport, and I must soldier on.”
Within the meantime, Chiefs are nonetheless craving for an elusive league trophy, which might finish a silverware drought spanning eight years by the top of the season.
The Glamour Boys, in fifth, path log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by 27 factors going into Saturday’s encounter.
With the famed former Sundowns placing trio dubbed “CBD” together with Khama Billiat and Leonardo Castro reunited at Chiefs, Dolly’s expertise might be helpful in opposition to Pirates within the 172nd Soweto derby.
The previous Ajax Cape City (now Cape City Spurs) ahead has one clear message for his youthful teammates.
“It’s the identical message going ahead … they need to not play the event. Everyone knows it’s a huge recreation and all of us need to be part of it,” says Dolly.
“Everyone knows what’s at stake. However as soon as they concentrate on the event and the way packed the stadium goes to be, they lose focus on the sport.
“So, I inform them to remain within the second and play the sport first. And if we win, we’ll rejoice afterwards and begin interested by the skin components.”
Kick-off is at 15:30.