Big Three Chasing Jali, Where Would He Fit In?
Soccer Laduma Takes A Look At Where At The Big Three Andile Jali Will Fit In
Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns are all believed to be chasing Jali’s signature, but where exactly would he fit in their teams?
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As reported in this week’s edition of Soccer Laduma, the big three clubs in Gauteng are all believed to be keen on bringing Jali to their teams, after the player himself stated that he will be returning to South Africa in the coming months.
Jali’s contract with KV Oostende in Belgium will come to an end on June 30, this year and it seems that his time in Europe may be coming to an end altogether.
Indications are that according to Siya sources, the 27-year-old is likely to put pen to paper with Sundowns, Pirates or Chiefs when he becomes a free agent in the July/August transfer window.
There is no doubt that, wherever Jali goes, the player will want to secure regular game-time and should he go to either of the big three clubs, he could be facing tough competition for a place in the starting line-up.
Jali can play just as a defensive midfielder or box-to-box and could be added to the Brazilians’ setup to provide cover for the ageing Hlompho Kekana, who is approaching his 33rd birthday, as well as for Tiyani Mabunda and Oupa Manyisa who is approaching 30.
It is no secret that Head Coach Pitso Mosimane is fond of the Bafana Bafana international and could be looking to pull out all the stops to bring the player to the Chloorkop-based club.
The defensive midfielder, Willard Katsande turned 32-years-old this year and Amakhosi will be eager to find a replacement for the Zimbabwean, should he reach the final years of his career with the club.
Jali could be utilised in both Katsande’s role, or even alongside the 32-year-old, where Head Coach Steve Komphela has been using 18-year-old Wiseman Meyiwa.
Pirates have been spoilt for choice in the defensive-midfield department, with Musa Nyatama being their key man to provide the cover to their centre backs on the field. However, the Bucs have also been rotating between Abbubaker Mobara, Gladwin Shitolo, Marshall Munetsi, Thamsanqa Sangweni and Issa Sarr.
At this stage, should the Bucs want to bring the Bafana international back to his old club, indications are that Head Coach Milutin Sredojevic could face a headache when selecting a starting line-up.
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