Jali set to rejoin Orlando Pirates in June

Jali

Andile Jali will re-join Orlando Pirates in June when his current deal at KV Oostende in Belgium comes to an end of the season.

The 27-year-old Jali confirmed this week that he will be coming back home when his contract ends in Belgium, but didn’t reveal which team he would join.

“Jali is coming back to Pirates and the talks are at an advanced stage. The club are now just working around fulfilling some of his demands which are not money related,” said a Phakaaathi source.

 

“The team needs him especially with a prospect of playing Champions League football next year,” added the source.

Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns are said to be interested in the Bafana Bafana star, but it looks like Bucs will win the race for his signature.

 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Andile Ernest Jali (born 10 April 1990) is a South African footballer who plays for K.V. Oostende in the Belgian Pro League and South Africa international side.

He was a member of the South African squad at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt. In 2010, Jali was named in the preliminary 30-man South African squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup but missed out on the 23-man squad because of a mild heart condition which ruled him out of the competition.[1]

 

He joined Orlando Pirates in 2009. He since became the subject of favourable comparisons to Benedict Vilakazi – who wore the number 15 jersey before Jali.

Jali was part of the Orlando Pirates squad that made history in South African football by winning three trophies in one season under Dutch coach Ruud Krol. The same team went on to defend two of their trophies won in the previous year and also win another to make it a back to back treble. Jali has established himself as one of the most important players in the Orlando Pirates squad, winning several trophies at his time at the club. Partly due to his success with the Soweto side, he was touted as the future captain of the South African national team (Bafana Bafana). He has also received acclaim for his performances with some analysts claiming he has the potential to make a name for himself in European football.

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