27 December 2017 – The decision to play for La-Masia FC in their quarter-final clash against Meadowlands Academy, which they won 1-0 at this year’s Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge, was pretty simple for Bafana Bafana star midfielder Keagan Dolly.
The 24-year old pacy left-winger just wanted to reach out to young and upcoming players who still have aspirations of cracking it into the professional scene someday, that they too could also make like he did.
Dolly, who now plies his trade for French League 1 side HCS Montpellier FC, stressed that all they needed to do was to continue believing that their dreams were possible to achieve, like he once did.
“I’ve always heard a lot about this tournament (Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge) while I was growing up,” said Dolly. “I always knew how big it was. Some of the best talents we have in this country always turn up to showcase their talents here. It just felt good to come back and play in front of a (big) crowd with a group of fellows I grew up with.
“It was good to have a run with them (old friends) and also make them aware that (he was still the same Keagan they grew up with). My other intention was to keep fit because eight days without doing something to help you keep in shape is pretty bad.
Dolly added: “It was also to inspire the up and coming young ones by sharing my experiences with them so that they can believe that ‘If Keagan made it’, then they too could do the same. My advice to them is that they must just keep working hard because you never know who is watching.”
The winger added that he is now settling in quite well at his new club, and that he’s even hoping to get more game time going into the New Year.
Meanwhile, last year’s finalist, Due Continental FC, failed to progress to the quarter-finals of the tournament, after suffering a 1-0 defeat to inform Strokes FC.
DAY 26 RESULTS– DISCOVERY WALTER SISULU SOCCER CHALLENGE
1. Protean Real Hearts FC 2 vs. 0 Linville Cameroon
2. Dhlamini XI Experience 4 vs. 0 Chalaza Development
3. Super Spurs FC 0 vs. 5 Killer Park United
4. Infinity Sports FC 2 vs. 1 Orlando Real Sweepers
5. Ambassador United 0 vs. 2 Orange Army FC
6. White City Spurs 2 vs. 0 Atletico FC
1. Nailed Ladies FC 0 vs. 4 Soweto Fabulous Ladies FC
2. Ya Rona Ladies FC 1 vs. 2 Jabu All Stars FC
1. Dube Continental 0 vs. 1 Strokes FC
2. Ndengeza FC 1 vs. 1 The Boys FC (The Boys won 6-5 on penalties)
3. White City Spurs 0 vs. 2 Catalonia
4. Senaoane Gunners 2 vs. 0 Pristine FC
5. Mapetla All Stars 0 vs. 0 Pimville Cameroon (Mapetla won 5-3 on penalties)
6. Dzakaroski 1 vs. 0 Varsity College
7. La-Masia FC 1 vs. 0 Meadowlands Academy
8. Soweto Super United 0 vs. 0 Soweto All Stars (Super United won 3-0 on penalties)
SEMI-FINALS: DISCOVERY WALTER SISULU SOCCER CHALLENGE FIXTURES
Wednesday, 27 December 2017
- Protea Real Hearts FC vs. Dlamini X1 Experience FC – 09h00
- Orange Army F.C vs. Pimville Cameroon F.C – 10h00
- Kibler United F.C vs. Infinity Sports F.C – 10h00LADIES
1. Mitos Stars F.C vs. Soweto Fabulous Ladies FC – 11h00
2. Naledi Ladies F.C vs. Soweto Ladies FC – 11h00
3. Yarona Ladies FC vs. Sunbirds FC – 12h30OPEN CATEGORY
1. Senaoane Gunners vs. Strokes FC – 12h30
2. Meadowlands All Stars FC vs. The Boys FC – 14h00
3. Catalonia F.C vs. LA- MASIA – 15h30
4. Dzakaroski F.C vs. Soweto Super United FC – 17h00Follow #DiscoveryourExellence on Twitter for more Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge news and results.
(IMAGE – Keagan Dolly of Lamas in a clash against Meadowlands Academy at the Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge on Tuesday, 26 December 2017 at Nike Centre Soweto.)
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