Andile Jali stole the limelight after it was officially announced that he is a Mamelodi Sundowns player last Friday afternoon.
Supporters Club's Lerato Mkhondo caught up with Masandawana fan Shawn Tseladimitloa, who has expressed his excitement over Downs' capture of the Bafana Bafana midfielder's signature, and has a message for both Jali and some Orlando Pirates fans.
Lerato: Fam, let's get straight into it. Congratulations on signing Jali. On behalf of the Masandawana faithful, how do you feel?
Shawn: I'm very happy, we are happy. Firstly, it's all about bragging rights! Pirates fans thought Jali was going to come back for them and he didn't, now they are angry. So, yeah, bragging rights. Moving on, it's a great signing. It aligns with coach Pitso Mosimane's plans for the new season. If he did not need him, then he surely would not have signed him, it's that simple. Jali will add to our success. Yes, bra Hlompho (Kekana) is there and has done well, but we also need a back-up and AJ is the perfect fit.
Lerato: Many are so abuzz with Jali joining Downs that they are speaking of aresurrectionthe Jali/Oupa Manyisa combination, which set the PSL alight when the two were still at Bucs years ago. Do you see it happening?
Shawn: Absolutely! People need to stop undermining Pitso, the man knows what he is doing. I'm looking forward to that combination. It is going to be awakened and they will do wonders. It will happen!
Lerato: Kekana and Tiyani Mabunda have been consistent and done incredibly well in recent seasons. Do you see Pitso sacrificing that combination to test-drive and awaken the Jali and Manyisa combo?
Shawn: Eish! What a question. It's a difficult one and I don't even know how to answer it. Honestly, I wouldn't wish to be Pitso right now. However, decisions and sacrifices are part of the game. It will be tough, but it must be done. We will never know if Jali and Manyisa's combination still has the potential to be revived until it's tried and tested.
Lerato: Fair enough. Let’s leave it. Do you have a message for Jali?
Shawn: Andile must just focus on his game and forget about the negativity from angry Pirates fans. Like I said earlier, Bucs fans are just angry. He has nothing to prove to anyone! He must live and breathe Sundowns! He must move on from anything that has to do with Pirates. Also, he must work hard, that is one of the main and most important requirements to being Downs' best player. Put in the hard work and he will be great. I have no doubt he will blend in very well at Downs.
Why do you think Jali's move has received so much mixed reactions from Bucs supporters?