Andile Jali’s representative, Mike Makaab confirmed that Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs submitted similar offers for the player, however, the Siya crew takes a look at what could have been the reason for Jali choosing a move to Masandawana over Chiefs.
Chiefs are without a coach:
A coach has a great influence on a player looking to join the club and with Kaizer Chiefs yet to appoint a new man at the helm, there was no mentor to influence Jali to join the club.
On the other hand, Jali would have met with Pitso Mosimane to talk about football, playing a big role in the player’s decision.
Big Money in image rights:
Sundowns are believed to be open to their players owning their own image rights, being endorsed by several brands apart from the athletic company associated with the club. On the other hand, Chiefs prefer that the club owns the endorsement rights.
CAF Champions League football:
Sundowns will be competing in the CAF Champions League competition next year, while also continuing their campaign in this season’s showdown. Jali will be able to be registered for the current competition, which is already underway.
The Manyisa partnership:
Jali could possibly rekindle the midfield partnership he once had with Oupa Manyisa at Orlando Pirates, where the team at the time thrived on the duo’s understanding. This will be a favourable factor for Mosimane.
Pressure stepping into the Chiefs team:
Chiefs are under pressure to hit the ground running next season, after arguably their worst spell in history, going three seasons without any silverware. The pressure to win would have been unprecedented for Jali, with the player unable to properly readjust to the tempo of the Premier Soccer League.