For the first time in two years, South Africa will be represented in the lucrative UEFA Champions League group stages campaign when Percy Tau’s team plays Turkish giants Galatasaray at the Jann Breydel Stadium in Bruges, Belgium on Wednesday night.
Dino Ndlovu was the last Bafana Bafana player to feature at this level when his Azerbaijan side Qarabag FK found themselves in a group that had Italian giants AS Roma, EPL’s Chelsea and Diego Simeone’s respected side Atletico Madrid in 2017.
The UEFA Champions League group stages is the stage where the world’s best footballers play.
Dolly, who is now with French Ligue 1 side Montpellier HSC, was part of the Sundowns team that won the maiden CAF Champions League title in 2016 with Tau as one of the chief attackers.
Combined the two players were sold to Montpellier and English Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion for a combined fee of more than R80 million.
The School of Excellence product says with more players in the UEFA Champions League group stages in future, Bafana will never be the same again.
Dolly had a 2018/2019 season that he wouldn’t like to remember, troubled by injuries and forced him out of the 2019 AFCON tournament in Egypt recently.
But he’s back on the field this time around and has already featured in five matches for his club in French Ligue 1.
The Bafana Bafana international, who made his football professional debut at Ajax Cape Town in 2011, has only played a total of 52 minutes of football action at Montpellier so far this season.
He understands that he has to be introduced gradually after such a long injury lay-off and to also work on his confidence. – Report by Velile Mnyandu