Jali's future at Sundowns decided

Premiership

Contrary to media reports, midfielder Andile Jali will remain with Mamelodi Sundowns next season.

Jali, 30, signed a five-year contract with Sundowns in June 2018 and will only see his deal expire in June 2023.

The former Orlando Pirates midfielder's future at Sundowns has been the subject of speculation in the past few days and some reports even suggest he is due to leave Chloorkop at the end of this season due to a lack of game time.

However, Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has assured the club's fans that Jali remains an important member of the club despite a lack of action in recent weeks.

"He is a very important player in the team and it will be sad to lose a player like him in the team," said Mngqithi responding to a question suggesting that Jali could leave Sundowns at the end of the season.

"We know what he is capable of. He has the right level of arrogance that you need in a player that must dominate the midfield and boss everyone around in that space. I think that is one of his major attributes of his game. He is not scared of anyone and is always ready for a fight."

Jali, who scored a cheeky penalty in the Nedbank Cup last 16 against Polokwane City on Wednesday, is expected to retain his position in the starting line-up when The Brazilians take on Stellenbosch FC in the league in Cape Town on Saturday.

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