Jali: Don’t tell me what to do

Orlando Pirates midfielder Andile Jali talks about his Bafana exit

Posted: 26 March 2013 Time: 10:01 am

Orlando Pirates midfielder Andile Jali tells KICK OFF he will not be told what to do and that it is not his job to make people understand him.

The 22-year-old has been in the news in recent weeks as Gordon Igesund continues to overlook the player for his Bafana Bafana squad.

Buccaneers fans insist Igesund has a vendetta against the favourite son, while non-Pirates supporters feel he is overrated and has an attitude problem.

But in the latest edition of KICK OFF magazine, Jali says he is just misunderstood.

“People do not understand me – they never will – and it’s not my job to make them understand,” he says.

“I don’t know why, but a lot of people have a problem with me. Most people do not know the real Andile, they just know that I play for Orlando Pirates and because of that they think they know me.

“I will not be told what to do by people who saw me playing at Pirates and then think that they know me.

“They spread rumours that Andile is like this or that. But that doesn’t concern me. Those who know me will tell you what kind of person I am. Those who don’t know me? That is their problem.”

In the article, a number of coaches also give differing opinions about Jali’s attitude, with some suggesting he has a temper problem and is difficult to work with, and others saying he is just has a ‘win-at-all-costs’ mentality which sometimes gets taken the wrong way.

The former AmaTuks star also talks about his Bafana omission, and you can read the full article in the latest edition of KICK OFF magazine (issue 432), on sale now. Or get your DIGITAL COPY right now.

Article by: KICK OFF

Previous comments on this story...

The Phefeni Boy
posted: 10:08 am
Money, Fame, Girls, Parties and Cars...........We miss the old humble hard working Andile Jali who excelled under Ruud Krol
Donald Duck
posted: 10:08 am
Kickoff leave this clown alone. We have heared enough about him already. Let's focus on players selected for bafana
I hunt the tortoise till i win da lig
posted: 10:09 am
Show them your middle finger Jali..
Champ Bizzabo
posted: 10:11 am
The Phefeni Boyposted: 10:08 am | Report Money, Fame, Girls, Parties and Cars...........We miss the old humble hard working Andile Jali who excelled under Ruud Krol
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Hhayi suka wena Phefeni box, all young soccer players go through that phase....Rooney, CR7, Ballotelli, Giggs at his prime, Anelka, Maradona...so what is different that AJ is doing?

suka la wena gogo
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 10:12 am
Let's not confuse arrogance with confidence. Those who have worked with him are please with his attitude. At Pirates we love him.
veeman234
posted: 10:12 am
tell them Jali and never let anyone tell you what to do boy.
Filaz Roger Feutmba...Sandawana
posted: 10:13 am
I read Jalis interview on the latest kickoff magazine....we have had from him so pleeeeease, bring something/someone else please kickoff...yhuuuu
Dooba [Glory Deferred]
posted: 10:13 am
Jali boy, we don't know you personally and we are not even interested. You are in the limelight, it is the job of the people to presume or guess to know you... so fauck off, and GI is right to leave you out. We have Furman and Yeye so #### off!
DTC is My wife
posted: 10:14 am
Mfanaka just avoid this media...you still the best let em talk....
P1P1NYANA
posted: 10:15 am
I think we must stop focusing on players personal life and judge a player on his field working rate. Jali has his own life , parting and girls is part of every young living individual as long as that, does not destruct their on field play. Jali is a dedicated individual on a field of play and we must judge him on that.

So stop sneaking your long nose on players personal life.
jalijali
posted: 10:15 am
Tell them Jalisto
Moe
posted: 10:15 am
I really feel like Andile Jali needs a publicist. He really has verbal diarrhea and true as he maybe, this is uncalled for. Nothing wrong though with his football and that's what he should focus on. Those that say he has dropped performance wise are just jealous and hypocritical coz they're the same that defend Shabba and Yeye's current slump in form. Gordon has a vandetta though.
Takesure RDS
posted: 10:16 am
7 coaches has coached him but NONE of them have complained about his attitude except anti-pirates fans. 4 at Pirates, 2 at Bafana Bafana, and 1 at Tuks (they all praise him).
no late practice arrival, less absent days, always committed, always fighting, always delivering, always supportive to his teammates, endless list.
only on the field of play he is aggressive more than any one in the PSL.
ONCE AND ALWAYS
Champ Khosiyaz
posted: 10:16 am
Now i see whay Rats will cry until they are grey for this arrogant gorilla to be in the national team
Donald Duck
posted: 10:17 am
Filaz Roger Feutmba...Sandawanaposted: 10:13 am
I read Jalis interview on the latest kickoff magazine....we have had from him so pleeeeease, bring something/someone else please kickoff...yhuuuu
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Really we need to move on. We are no more interested in what he has to say. He's last weeks news, expired. Give us a break kickoff
Anonymous
posted: 10:17 am
“People do not understand me – they never will – and it’s not my job to make them understand,” he says.

It's true we don't understand Zinglish broer, the only person who understand you is Good enought coz both speaks zinglish.
Takesure RDS
posted: 10:17 am
Champ Bizzabo
posted: 10:11 am | Report
The Phefeni Boyposted: 10:08 am | Report Money, Fame, Girls, Parties and Cars...........We miss the old humble hard working Andile Jali who excelled under Ruud Krol
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Hhayi suka wena Phefeni box, all young soccer players go through that phase....Rooney, CR7, Ballotelli, Giggs at his prime, Anelka, Maradona...so what is different that AJ is doing?

suka la wena gogo
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your point is meaningless wena Phefeni
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 10:18 am
Anyone who doubts Andile Jali's football abilities/talent is just plain ignorant.....But he who questions Jali's attitude is correct.
Khosilami4lyf
posted: 10:18 am
udakwa yimali mfanami,ask Teko what does attitude takes u in this game
Lord Vincent
posted: 10:18 am
Let me begin by reiterating what I said the other day about Jali. In my view, the boy is a star; for no South African player marries brutality with artistry quite like him. If I were an Italian catholic I'd say he can sing and carry the cross!

Be that as it may, he's an enigma. A riddle, wrapped up in a mystery, inside an enigma. It's hard to understand him but you can't question his gift, talent and winning spirit. To us champions he is kindred.

In jazz he would be Moses Molelekwa. Whose nature of genius, as said, was often precarious; teetering along the precipice of madness, flirting outrageously with callous destructiveness, yet in-between conjuring moments of utter tranquillity, harmony and beauty.

Andile Jali let them huff and puff against the likes of Botswana while we take on a true giant of African club football: Tout Puissant Mazembe! That is where our passion and commitment lies, conquering Africa!
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