Big blow for Bafana: Keagan Dolly ruled out of Libya clash
France-based Bafana Bafana winger Keagan Dolly has been ruled out of the all-important 2019 Total CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya on Sunday (24 March 2019) due to stiffness on his hamstrings.
Dolly has been missing for his club because of injury and recently made a comeback, albeit playing in the reserves – and Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter had hoped that he would be fit for the crucial weekend clash, but it was not to be.
“Keagan had been doing very well in training but has had to be ruled out of this encounter due to stiffness in his right hamstring. We are fully aware that both him and Bongani Zungu came into the camp after being declared medically fit to play, but with the different weather conditions we have had, and training on different pitches throughout the week, this has caused some strain on Keagan. The good news, however, is that Bongani though is looking very good in training and has really pushed himself,” said Baxter.
“We also had a little scare with Kamo (Kamogelo Mokotjo) a few days ago, when he had a swollen Achilles but he is now fine and raring to go. Rivaldo Coetzee, who also came into the camp with a little strain from his weekend match, has done very well and there are no worries about him.”
Bafana Bafana will now move from their Tunis base and travel three hours to Sfax where the match will take place.
Kickoff is at 18h00 local time (19h00 SA time).
A draw for South Africa will see them clinch a spot at this year’s AFCON tournament, which will played in Egypt in June.