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Jali: I Left Pirates At The Right Time

Bafana Bafana and KV Oostende star midfielder, Andile Jali believes he left Orlando Pirates at the right time to make the next step in his career.

Read: Ngcongca: Jali Dominating Belgian Football

The 24-year-old, who left the Soweto giants in January 2014 and has since become a dominant player for his club, told the Siya crew that he is learning a lot in Belgium after overcoming initial struggles.

“I personally think yes, it (my transfer) came at the right time,” he told Soccer Laduma.

“When I got here, it was hard for me but I kept getting to know about Belgium football and learned so much by watching other games on TV.”

His Bafana Bafana teammate, Anele Ngcongca recently hailed 'AJ15' for his dominant performances in Belgium and the midfielder revealed he wants to get even better.

“You know, in life, when people start to talk good things about you, that’s when you don’t look back, you start wanting more,” he added.

After picking up a slight back problem two weeks ago, Jali returned for 25 minutes on the weekend against Westerlo and confirmed he is back to full fitness now.

The former Pirates star has made 22 appearances for Oostende this season and his importance for the Belgian side is reflected by the fact that they failed to win any of their six league games without the Mzansi star.

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