Rama: Jali is welcome at Chiefs

Jali is currently a free agent after being released early from his contract with Belgian club KV Oostende last month, following a three-and-a-half year spell abroad.

The ex-Orlando Pirates star has been flirting with fans over his future on social media, with Bucs chairman Irvin Khoza recently confirming talks with their former star.

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It is also said that Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns are in the hunt for the 28-year-old’s signature, and Mphahlele has welcomed the prospect of having him at Naturena.

“It’s no secret, Jali is a great player. If the management can manage to bring him to Naturena then it would be great,” said Mphahlele.

“Obviously, it’s for ‘Steak’ [Bobby Motaung] and them to work on the move, but he’s a great player and he’s welcome at the club.

“Football is about competition and we would really, really appreciate someone like him if he were to come.”

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Having previously played alongside the Matatiele-born workhorse at junior international level, ‘Rama’ believes his on-field persona would come as a huge asset to Amakhosi.

“His character is amazing – on the pitch he is something else. I know sometimes off-the-pitch he gets funny, but on the pitch you can rely on him in terms of marking, playing and scoring goals,” he added.

“I’ve been with him since Under-20 and, look, it would be nice if he comes to Chiefs. He’s a great player and he will obviously come and add value to the team. Like it’s important if you bring a player to Kaizer Chiefs, he must add value.

“Any team can do with a great player like Andile Jali. Sundowns can do with him; Pirates can do with him, you know, he’s an international player.

“If you get a player like that in your changing room then it gives you a little advantage because you know you have someone ready to take off, so he will add value to the team.”

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