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Ntseki: I felt really bad for Keagan

Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has plenty of sympathy for midfielder Keagan Dolly as the Montpellier midfielder's injury woes continue.

Dolly was sidelined with a long-term injury in March picked up while training with Bafana. Shortly after recovering from that, The PSL Young Player of the Season for 2013/2014 was struck down again just before the Africa Cup of Nations, which led him to missing the continental showpiece.

And most recently, the 26-year-old played just 29 minutes upon yet another return in the Nelson Mandela Challenge clash against Mali on Sunday before being withdrawn.

“It was a very unfortunate situation. I remember when we went to play Libya in Tunisia, Keagan Dolly got injured in our last training session before the game [in March],” Ntseki told KickOff.

“He felt very bad and he was actually crying, and we had to send him back to his club. We then had to prepare for the AFCON, and Keagan came back and asked to play in the COSAFA, and he went to camp with that team in Durban.

“Unfortunately, he didn’t make it because he got injured again, so it has been very difficult for him as a player, but I think he’s a very strong man mentally.

“He started this game, he was buzzing and doing very well for himself and for the team, but unfortunately he got a knock and had to be pulled out – I really felt bad for him, because of the energy and attitude we always get from Dolly.”