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Jali Factfile: Career, Consistency and Goalscoring Ability

Andile Jali Factfile: Surprising Club & International Statistic Reveal

By Ryan Gordon - Jun 11, 2018 09:15 AM
The Brazilians announced the signing of the Bafana Bafana international, who snubbed the chance to join Kaizer Chiefs in favour of Sundowns, seemingly due to his desire to challenge for silverware.
 
 
Andile Jali Factfile:
 
Full Name: Andile Ernest Jali
 
Date of Birth: 10 April 1990
 
Place of Birth: Matatiele, Eastern Cape
 
Nationality: South African
 
Playing Position: Central Midfield
 
Club Career: 
 
Jali began the road to stardom with local youth clubs Hot Spurs and Matat Professionals between 2002 and 2007, when he eventually made his break into the professional divisions with University of Pretoria. Two impressive campaigns with AmaTuks paved the way to the big time when he was snapped up by Soweto giants, Orlando Pirates in 2009, and Jali's upward trajectory was only getting started.
 
 
What followed next at Pirates was five trophy-laden seasons where the playmaker helped dominate South Africa football  during the club's unprecedented double-treble reign, which included Jali's own haul of two Absa Premiership titles, the Nedbank Cup, Telkom Knockout and MTN8 crowns, while he came agonisingly close to a CAF Champions League title after losing the 2013 final to Al Ahly.
 
The next step for Jali undoubtedly was Europe, with Belgian club, KV Oostende the big winners as they signed the talented midfielder for €1,000,000 (R15m) in 2014. It was in Belgium where Jali racked up over 100 appearances in the First Division A, although the best he could achieve with the club was a runner-up finish in the league in 2016/17.
 
 
Jali's three-year deal with Oostende did come with a two-year option, although it is one the midfielder opted to reject in favour of a return to South Africa, where Sundowns won the race for the sought-after player.
 
National Team:
 
Jali's first taste of international football came at the Under-20 level, where he managed three appearances and scored one goal, drawing even more attention to himself from the Bafana staff.
 
Jali's big move to Pirates in 2009 was quickly followed by his first senior Bafana Bafana call-up the following year, where only a heart condition ruled him out of the final 23-man squad to stage that year's World Cup finals. Despite missing out on football's biggest stage, Jali has gone on honourably to represent his country 32 times.
 
Prior to 2018, Jali's scoring rate at international level was woeful at best, scoring only one goal every three years, before he finally cracked two strikes during Bafana's failed 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign. His ratio hardly gets any better on the club stage, either, with just 14 goals in all competitions over the past eight years, coming at a rate of around one goal every 17.5 appearances, or one successful strike every 1,445 minutes.
 
That, then, represents arguably the only weapon missing from Jali's Arsenal, which is maybe something he could develop during his time at the free-scoring Brazilians. 
 
Do you think Jali should be scoring more goals for club and country? 
 

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#mavela Joined: 23 Aug 2017
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#mavela Jun 11, 2018 01:08 PM
@paulie khosified Bayeke Khosi uphelile lomntu.
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#mavela Jun 11, 2018 01:07 PM
Kaiser must just give Khama Billiat the some offer he offer Andile that's all.
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Maclane Jun 11, 2018 11:09 AM
profanity!!!!!!!Profanity seiyabora
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Danboi79 Jun 11, 2018 10:04 AM
Editor are u are sundowns fan or what? Im tired of Jali story
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paulie khosified Jun 11, 2018 09:52 AM
Chiefs will survive without this over rated cow. with the money they offered him im sure we can get 3 quality players
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paulie khosified Jun 11, 2018 09:51 AM
nyali this nyali that, cant we get something fresh from this profanity site?
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makoro Jun 11, 2018 09:38 AM
He will supply goals to other players
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FAZEN01 Jun 11, 2018 09:30 AM
Had he signed for other team would the stats have been a issue?
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Daddy1 Jun 11, 2018 09:25 AM
Why now all of a sudden
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Schakos Jun 11, 2018 09:22 AM
His positive contributions towards the team''s success is all that is needed
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alizebucs1986 Jun 11, 2018 09:20 AM
Mxm who cares wena Mr Stupid profanity?

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