Keagan Dolly will join the South Africa Olympic football team after Mamelodi Sundowns’ Champions League game this Wednesday.
After some confusion with Safa and Downs over when the midfielder would koppel with his teammates in Rio de Janeiro, the parties are now in agreement.
Dolly will feature for his club in the return leg of the Group B clash against Egyptian giants Zamalek.
Dolly is one of four players who will link up with Owen da Gama’s manne late, with Kaizer Chiefs duo Itumeleng Khune and Eric Mathoho and Lille striker Lebo Mothiba.
Khune and Mathoho will feature in the Carling Black Label Champions Cup clash against Orlando Pirates at Soccer City this Saturday.
SA U23 coach Owen da Gama confirms: “Keagan is a true gem and we understand why his club has requested to still keep him for as long as they can.
“We are all supporting Mamelodi Sundowns in their quest to conquer the continent and therefore we have agreed that he may stay behind and join us later.
“We also have the situation of Lebo Mothiba, who plays for Lille FC in France.
“He is also expected to join his compatriots on Wednesday, 27 July – this comes after he was promoted to the first team at this club and they are currently in pre-season training.”
Dolly, meanwhile, believes his team can go get out of their group in Rio, after taking on hosts Brazil in their opener and then Denmark and Iraq.
The former Ajax Cape Town man says: “I think we do have the team to go all the way and qualify [for the knockout stages].
“We know it will be tough. We are playing the hosts‚ but for us it is not to respect them.
“It is knowing our qualities and believing in ourselves‚ just work as a team.”
He adds that the experience of Khune and Mathoho will only help the U23s.
The 23-year-old captaincy candidate says: “I think we have a good team going to the Olympics‚ with the inclusion of [Eric] Matoho and [Itumeleng] Khune.
“I think we need that experience. We were struggling defending set-pieces‚ but I think with Khune and Matoho there‚ this will help us a lot.”