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Khanye – Why Pirates Should Sign Jali

Former Kaizer Chiefs winger Junior Khanye has explained why Orlando Pirates should sign Andile Jali, insisting even Amakhosi should look at him.

Jali has been a free agent since parting ways with Mamelodi Sundowns last month. He spent five seasons at Chloorkop and won five League titles, the Telkom Knockout and two Nedbank Cups.  

Reports in local media stated last week that Pirates were closing in on a deal with the midfielder but his manager Mike Makaab told iDiski Times that nothing had been confirmed yet.

Khanye believes Jali would not just add quality to the Pirates midfield, but also experience going into the CAF Champions League next season.

“Every coach has his own philosophy and you can be so good but if don’t fit into his system you are going to have a problem. But a quality player, an extra ordinary player like Andile can fit in any system he will only have to fix his mind-set,” said Khanye on iDiski TV.

“Andile’s contract is finished now and the team I wish he could join is Pirates because I heard Kaizer Motaung Jr, while we were on radio last month, saying they wanted him that time he was returning to the country. I mean they could still sign him now because they don’t have a midfielder of Andile’s calibre whether attacking or defending.

“Andile can start and finish a move, he knows how to support play wherever he is because he still has speed and he can still run and doesn’t lose the ball.

“I don’t see why Pirates can’t sign him. He was at the club before and he did well for them. He is better than Miguel Timm, Thabang Monare and all the other defensive midfielders that Pirates have. His standard can’t be matched.

“Given that the Buccaneers have qualified for the CAF Champions League they will need an experienced midfielder. Sundowns play in the Champions League every year and Jali knows how to play and dominate in that competition.

“I would go as far as saying that Sundowns suffered by not having Jali in the Champions League and that is one of the reasons why they did not win the competition.”

You can listen to Khanye and Tso Vilakazi’s latest episode on iDiski TV on our YouTube channel.

Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago is currently working as a web and newspaper writer for iDiski Times. This award-winning sports journalist covers the Limpopo area and also specialises in coverage of women's football, including Banayana Banyana.