Pitso Mosimane questions if Andile Jali is the right fit for Mamelodi Sundowns
Posted: 26 April 2018 Time: 19:30
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane admires Andile Jali but says many factors must be taken into account when signing a big-name player at Chloorkop.
Jali, 28, has been heavily linked with Sundowns following his exit from Oostende earlier this month, having initially joined the Belgian club just over four years ago from Orlando Pirates.
The Bafana Bafana midfielder, who got his international break when Mosimane was in charge of the national team, has confirmed he is returning to the PSL to be close to his family.
“There’s no story,” Mosimane said when asked if there’s anything happening with Jali. “And if there’s any story we would have signed him today, akiri [isn’t it]?
“There’s no story. We like him, we like him. He’s a good player, we like him, but there’s more than that. It’s more than that. To sign a player is more than that.
“The culture must be good, everything must gel. We made a lot of mistakes at Sundowns, signing [Matthew] Pattison, other people from Europe, Sibusiso Zuma... I’m not saying they didn’t contribute, but you can just check the legacy of the players who are coming here.
“And it is not only us, it’s other teams also. You look at other teams also, you know. It also important to... you have to feel it, is it the one? Does he want to play for you? Is he winding down the clock? ‘I’m home, I can play.’
“I love Andile. I had him at Bafana Bafana and he’s a very good footballer. Andile has a very good game attitude and you know he’s a tiger, okay. But it’s more than that, it’s more than that... to sign a player it's more than that.
“Also I need to protect my dressing room neh, because there’s young ones and my team is little bit of a quiet team, quiet. Your Percy [Tau] is quiet. 'Shuga' [Tiyani] Mabunda... quiet. [Hlompho] Kekana... quiet. 'Vila' [Sibusiso Vilakazi]... quiet. 'Langa' [Teboho Langerman]... quiet. Thapelo [Morena]... quiet. You know what I’m trying to say. So I need my dressing room to be quiet, because we’ve made mistakes before and made it louder and it created problems.
“But for the game Andile, I think he can play for us and I like him.”
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