Keagan Dolly flattered by comparisons to Delron Buckley but hopes to forge own path


Buckley spoke to the media this week while launching his new book, titled 'Delron Buckley: My life’, where many comparisons were drawn between the veteran and Dolly.

The 24-year-old former Mamelodi Sundowns ace Dolly, though, seemed unaffected by the limelight during Saturday's 3-1 friendly international win over Guinea-Bissau at Moses Mabhida Stadium, playing a key role in the first and third goals scored by Owen da Gama’s side.

"Not at all,” said Dolly at a press conference when asked if he feels under pressure to reach Buckley's heights. "The reason why I went to Europe was it’s been my childhood dream.

"I also wanted to prove to youngsters in South Africa that it is possible. For me, it's not to go there and try to replicate what others did in the past; there have been great players ahead of me doing well in Europe - the likes of Benni McCarthy - and I can't compare myself to him [Buckley], I'm a different player.

"But it always good to see that legends talk about you and take notice and it means you’re doing something right.

"But for me, it’s just to go there [Europe], represent myself well, represent the country well, and try and open doors for other youngsters in South Africa."

Buckley, who earned 76 caps for Bafana Bafana while also playing in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups in France and Korea/Japan respectively, also advised Dolly to take more initiative in the attacking third of the field - much like he did at Sundowns.

And Dolly, who has played seven matches for his new club Montpellier in France since his drawn out January transfer, agreed with the former Borussia Dortmund winger's remarks that he needs to incorporate more forward play in his game.

"I read the interview [on] and I think that it [attacking intent] is something I lack at times," Dolly responded.

"But for me, it's the team first and then myself. So if I see my team-mate open I'd rather pass the ball than try to dribble and lose the ball."

Dolly will be hoping Saturday's showing is not a flash in the pan when Da Gama's outfit face Angola in another friendly match on Tuesday at Buffalo City Park in East London.