If push comes to shove, and Keagan Dolly has to choose between playing in the Cosafa Cup with Bafana or in the CAF Champions League with Mamelodi Sundowns, he will choose the latter.
But that doesn’t mean the Bafana Bafana midfielder is planning on abandoning his duties as captain of the U23s who are going to the Olympics.
On the weekend of June 17-19, he will be faced with a hard choice, to choose between the U23s who will play in the Cosafa Cup quarterfinals in Namibia or travel with the Brazilians to take on ES Setif of Algeria in the Champions League group.
Dolly will use their trip to Gambia to talk to Owen da Gama, who also serves as Bafana Bafana assistant coach, to explain to him the decision he will make if he has to choose.
The former Ajax Cape Town winger says: “It’s a difficult position to be in, to choose between your country and the team that pays your salary.
“I obviously want to be part of the team that plays in the Cosafa Cup as the U23 captain but I also want to help Sundowns in the Champions League.
“If the decision is down to me, I would choose to play in the Champions League.
“I want to honour every national team call up that I get, which is why I will talk with the coach [Da Gama] to come up with a practical way forward, but I also want to help my team. I think the experience I would get there [in Algeria] would put me in a better position in the Olympics.”