Andile Jali of South Africa challenged by Idrissa Gana Gueye of Senegal during 2018 World Cup Qualifiers match between South Africa and Senegal at Peter Mokab Stadium, November on the 12 November 2016 © Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Tuesday May 29, 2018. 15:02
Kaizer Chiefs defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele says he will welcome Andile Jali’s arrival at Naturena should the player choose the Amakhosi.
The Bafana Bafana midfielder is linked with a move to Amakhosi, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns ahead of the new 2018/19 season.
Jali is currently a free agent after being released early from his contract with Belgian club KV Oostende last month, but reports have strongly linked him with Chiefs.
‘Rama’ was speaking to the media during the Shell Helix Cup launch to be staged at FNB Stadium in July where Sundowns and Chiefs will fight for the trophy.
The ex-Moroka Swallows right back played alongside the 28-year-old Matatiele-born anchorman at junior international level.
“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.”
“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.
“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 te