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Dolly Backs Bafana To Improve Home Form

Bafana Bafana international Keagan Dolly has backed the South African national team to turn their fortunes around after a disappointing spell at home.

Read: Fit Dolly On Egypt Clash

Shakes Mashaba's side have won only one competitive game on home soil since the beginning of 2015, but they do have three friendly wins over Zambia, Angola and Senegal in that period.

Now, ahead of South Africa's 2016 edition of the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge tournament against Egypt, the Mamelodi Sundowns man believes they will come up against a very strong side.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Dolly said: "We know it's going to be tough, they are a very good team. They have good individuals playing at the highest level and after our draw against Mauritania on Friday, we want to impress our home supporters because we haven't been doing so well at home. With all the chances we created in that game, which we controlled, we just want to convert them against Egypt and win the match.

"One thing we need to improve on is our form at home, especially converting our chances – the very same thing we struggled with in Brazil with the U23 national team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. We created more chances than Denmark but did not take them. They scored the only goal and we did not qualify."

Tonight's game will be the third clash of the two nations in the NMC, with the first – in 1998 – ending 2-1 to South Africa, but the second finishing 1-0 to the Pharaohs in 2006.

The game at Orlando Stadium will begin at 7.05pm this evening.


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