Keagan Dolly

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Keagan Dolly
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Personal information
Full name Keagan Larenzo Dolly
Date of birth (1993-01-22) 22 January 1993 (age 27)
Place of birth Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 20
Youth career
Westbury Arsenal
2002–2005 School of Excellence
2005–2011 Mamelodi Sundowns
2011–2012 Ajax Cape Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Ajax Cape Town 39 (4)
2014–2017 Mamelodi Sundowns 34 (5)
2014–2015Ajax Cape Town (loan) 16 (1)
2017– Montpellier 32 (1)
National team
2015–2017 South Africa U23 6 (4)
2013– South Africa 13 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 July 2015

Keagan Larenzo Dolly (born 22 January 1993) is a South African professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Montpellier in the Ligue 1 and the South Africa national team. He won the Premier Soccer League Young Player of the Season award for the 2013–14 season after showing great performances and becoming a key player for the club.[2]


Mamelodi Sundowns[edit]

Born in Johannesburg, Gauteng, Dolly started playing football at Westbury Arsenal, then later he moved to School of Excellence where he was spotted by Mamelodi Sundowns. After impressing at their youth structures he went on to sign with Ajax Cape Town.[3]

Ajax Cape Town[edit]

He completed a move to Ajax Cape Town and this is perhaps where Dolly made a reputation for himself. During a spell at Ajax he won the Premier Soccer League Young Player award for the 2013–14 season. This triggered Sundowns to buy him back from Ajax Cape Town for their 2014–15 season, but because of many players occupying the same position as Keagan during that season, Sundowns opted to loan him back to Ajax for the player to get more playing time.

Return to Mamelodi Sundowns[edit]

Sundowns included Keagan Dolly to their squad for the 2015–16 campaign as they intended to bolster their team for the league and for the Caf champions league. Dolly with Sundows went on to win the league for the 2015-2016 season, and they automatically qualified for the Caf champions league. Sundowns were eliminated by As Vita in the third round of the Caf Champions league but with the turn of events AS Vita Club were eliminated in the competition due to the finding that they had used an eligible player during the preliminary matches of the 2016 Orange CAF Champions League. Sundowns were reinstated to the competition and with the outstanding performances from Dolly and the whole team, Sundowns went on to win the competition.[4] Dolly, Billiat and Onyango were nominated for best African Inter-Club Player of the Year (Based in Africa) of which was won by Keagan's teammate Dennis Onyango. Dolly was included in the 2016 Caf Team of the year. With outstanding performances from Dolly it eventually attracted interests from various clubs in Europe. In September 2016 it was announced that Olympiacos F.C. were interested in signing Dolly.

Contract Dispute with Mamelodi Sundowns[edit]

In November 2016, it was reported that Sundowns had taken their star midfielder to the DRC to contest a buyout clause of around €750,000 that was written into his contract, that was signed 17 months prior which Sundowns stated it was too low. The argument was that a mistake was made by Sundowns, and that they wanted it to be rectified to an amount around £1.5 million. Sundowns eventually won the case and the buyout clause was updated to £1.5 million.[5]


On 26 January 2017, it was announced that Dolly had signed with Montpellier HSC.

International career[edit]


Keagan Dolly played for the under 23's and represented his country during the 2015 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations tournament which was held in Senegal. The tournament acted as the CAF qualifiers for the Olympic football tournament, of which South Africa qualified as the third-place country. Dolly captained the South African side during the 2016 Summer Olympics men's football tournament.[6]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list South Africa's goal tally first.[7]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 4 June 2016 Independence Stadium, Bakau, Gambia  Gambia 3–0 4–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2. 4–0

Style of play[edit]

Dolly primarily plays as either a winger or occasionally as an attacking midfielder, he often plays as a left sided winger for both club and country. Due to his energetic pace and playmaking skills; this position allows him to shoot with his stronger foot. The diminutive left-footed player is capable of occupying any position behind the forward line. His extreme pace and close control allows him to roam into pockets of space around the pitch in the same way as Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata. Former South African playmaker Steven Pienaar had also tipped Dolly on becoming one of the best exports that South Africa has ever produced.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Like Steven Pienaar, Dolly hails from Westbury, a largely coloured township in Johannesburg.[9] He was educated at the prestigious Potchefstroom High School for Boys .





  1. ^ "Keagan Dolly". MHSC Foot (in French). Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 March 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 March 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "CAF explains Mamelodi Sundowns replacing AS Vita in Champions League". KickOff.
  5. ^ "Mamelodi Sundowns Have Won Their DRC Case Against Keagan Dolly".
  6. ^ "Keagan Dolly's Move To France Has Been Confirmed".
  7. ^ "Dolly, Keagan". National Football Teams. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Pienaar backing Dolly's South Africa exit - SportsClub". 19 September 2016.
  9. ^ Independent Newspapers Online (29 August 2012). "Pienaar: The inspiration behind the rise of Dolly - Cape Argus". Retrieved 28 September 2012.