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Jali Breaks Silence On Broos’ Bafana Snub

Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Andile Jali has finally broken his silence on his continuous snub by Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos as well as the coach’s comments about him.

The 31-year-old has made over 30 appearances for Masandawana this season and seems to have reached another level in his performances – which lead co-coach Rulani Mokwena mention his name in the Player of the Season debate.

However, Broos has insisted that Jali is too old for his revamp of the Bafana squad and he’s looking for another type of midfielder.

Jali, who last played for Bafana in March 2021, has remained quiet for a long time but now addressed the topic in a rare public interview with Robert Marawa.

“You see if I was the Andile of 2015 I would answer you in a different way or say something I would regret tomorrow and wake up questioning why I said what I said,” he said on Marawa Sports Worldwide, as translate from Xhosa.

“He says he knows me but he did what he did before he even saw me, but he won’t listen to anyone telling him what to do.

“I’m happy where I am. My coaches are good, they are good, I’m playing well with my teammates, I no longer have as many injuries. I’m really happy where I am and I’m working hard for my team.

“But I’m available all the time.”

Jali also stated that he’s “not at all” hurt by the continuous omission of the coach before insisting he feels he could help the national team.

“Yes, in a big way, that’s why I told you anytime I’m always available,” he added.

To explain the relationship with Broos, Jali made an analogy to a neighbour that never greets until one day he might changes his mind.

“The coach is like a neighbour that hates you but he doesn’t know why he hates you,” he said.

“Sometimes the neighbour just greets you after a while and you’re shocked at the sudden change after so long. I’m waiting for the neighbour now.

When asked what he would do, if the day where the neighbour [Broos] changes his mind were to arrive, he said he’d “greet him back and even invite him out for lunch”.

It remains to be seen whether Broos will indeed change his mind on the selection of Jali for the national team, but he insisted he will not comment on the omission of Jali and teammate Themba Zwane anymore.

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David Kappel
David Kappel
David Kappel has served as a renowned international editor and content manager for almost a decade. David specialises in ensuring content and social media posts are highly engaging for football fans and was previously the international editor at Soccer Laduma. He is currently the iDiski Times website editor and social strategist.