Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane stresses the importance of supporting Andile Jali
Posted: 7 November 2018 Time: 16:55
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has described Andile Jali as "Bafana material" and has applauded the player for performing well despite his troubled personal life.
Jali has not been part of the Bafana Bafana setup since joining Sundowns from Belgian side KV Oostende, but his recent performances could convince senior national team coach Stuart Baxter to call him up.
Jali was recently named man of the match in Sundowns' Absa Premiership victory against Chippa United and Mosimane feels the former Orlando Pirates man gave a good account of himself in the Telkom Knockout defeat to Baroka FC over the weekend.
"Andile Jali is a very good football player. He played well [against Baroka]. He is Bafana material and we are happy with him. Our job at Sundowns is to make sure he plays more and better than the way he is playing. You can see how he defends, you can see how he distributes the ball," Mosimane said.
Off the field Jali has been going through a lot, having been recently arrested for alleged domestic violence. He was granted bail.
Mosimane says it's important for Sundowns to support him to ensure he plays his football.
"We need him and we need to support him to play football, like any other player we need to support. He is our player, we invested in him and our job, especially me, is to back him, especially at this point in time. He is giving me the best when he is in a difficult space. Not many people can come out, I personally would not come out and play the way he did in his condition he is facing.
"What a good player, he is in a good environment at Sundowns. He is not the first one we support."