Pitso Mosimane does not want to entertain any talk of Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Andile Jali returning to the national team squad.
After another solid performance in their 5-0 win over AmaZulu in the opening round of the Telkom Knockout yesterday, the coach was asked how far he thought Jali was from making his comeback at Bafana Bafana.
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“We should not talk to Andile about Bafana, please guys. Let him play and finish a match here. He is a good player and he is working hard, his condition is good, I mean look at his body. He has sacrificed and done well. Took him time to understand the situation at Sundowns, he understands now,” Mosimane told journalists.
Jali has started the club’s last four matches in all competitions, including the Shell Helix Cup friendly match against Kaizer Chiefs – a good sign having been in and out of the team last season and contemplating leaving.
“He is looking good, we don’t have any issues. He shows that he is looking after himself. He knows Rivaldo (Coetzee) can play in that position, (Tiyani) Mabunda as well and (Sammy) Seabi no problems. He understands he must be fit and get on the pitch and as long as he is doing that he will play. He shows he is a professional and not a young boy anymore. And we have supported him all the way and it’s about time now he gives back – for himself first and then the club. Slowly he is getting there.
Mosimane revealed he is was working closely with the player to keep improving, but squashed any suggestions that he should return to Bafana.
“I sat down with him to discuss the Leopards game and then the Chiefs game and he is improving like any other player. Let him play for Sundowns first, please,” the coach said of a player who hasn’t made a national team appearance since November 2017.
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