Both Bongani Zungu and Keagan Dolly are ‘clinically fit’ and playing again in France, but Stuart Baxter says he’ll only make a call in Tunisia as to whether they can face Libya.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns duo recently recovered from long-term injuries that saw them ruled out for a number of months, and are currently in the process of working their way back into the first team having played for Amiens’ and Montpellier’s second teams in the National 3 in France.
Dolly up against Olympique d'Alès and Avenir Foot Lozère played 160 minutes for Montpellier II as he grabbed a goal and two assists to help his side maintain second place, while Zungu – who was playing Maubeuge and Quevilly – also helped his team win both games that he has played in.
Speaking to the media about his decision to take the players to Sfax for the crucial African Cup of Nations qualifier, Baxter said “I want to make it clear that both Bongani and Keagan are fit and have played some minutes in the reserve leagues, but we won’t know how full fit they are until they report for camp in Sfax. We have been in contact with their club’s medical staff and they have assured us that they are fully recovered, but we will have to do our own assessment when they come to camp.
“They are in full training and they have minutes in the reserve team. Now I’m not sure that minutes in the reserve team and being ‘clinically fit’ qualifies you to play in such an important game. Undoubtedly, if they are fit and looking sharp, the quality of Bongani and of Keagan will be welcomed. So I’ve asked the CEO if we can bring them to camp for further analysis.”
Amiens have a game coming up this weekend against Angers SCO that Zungu could force his way into, while Montpellier’s game has been cancelled but Dolly could face Blagnac with Montpellier II before jetting out for Tunisia.