Africa Cup of Nation winner Mark Fish describes defending midfielder Andile Jali as one of the best players that has ever represented South Africa. When a player of Mark Fish’s local and international experience speaks, its time to listen and in this instance when it comes Jali’s future at Sundowns, Fish has a pragmatic take on it.
As reported by ThisIsFootball.Africa last week, the negotiations between Andile Jali’s camp and Mamelodi Sundowns hasn’t started yet according to the player’s agent Mike Makaab. Jali’s contract with Sundowns ends in June 2023. With few weeks left before January transfer open, Jali will be able to sign a pre-contract with a team of his choice if Masandawana are not willing to renew his contract just yet.
The former Orlando Pirates defender rates Jali highly but is uncertain whether Bafana Ba Style should keep or release him when his contract expires. Jali has played ten matches for Sundowns in all competitions this season.
“I think he’s a phenomenal player and I think he shown it through trails and tribulation and his ability on the field which is fantastic and it’s up to Sundowns if they want to give him another contract to stay there.
“Yes, you have younger players or players coming on board that want to challenge him. I think for him he will always be challenged because he wants to a number one player and he want to be known as that holding midfielder. But Andile Jali has certainly all the attributes that made him a quality player and on his day one of the best midfielders certainly this country has ever had.”
The 32-year-old is facing a tough competition at Sundowns with the likes of Teboho Mokoena and Mothobi Mvala playing ahead of him.