Saturday Jun 06, 2020. 13:00
Former Orlando Pirates coach Ruud Krol has claimed that the midfield combination of Oupa Manyisa and Andile Jali was one of the best he has seen in his career.
Krol led the Buccaneers to back-to-back domestic trebles in 2010-11 and 2011-12, with Manyisa (who had progressed through the club’s youth system) and Jali (who was signed from University of Pretoria) the fulcrum of that impressive team.
“We had a strong midfield, I saw Jali (for the first time) playing against Ajax in a cup match and then I never knew that Pirates had already signed the small winger on the left (Aubrey Ngoma),” Krol told KickOff.
“I saw Jali in this midfield, it was the first match I watched in South Africa that wasn’t involving Pirates. So, I told Pirates directly they must sign this midfield player because I loved him.
“And after (signing him) of course in my mind, he was a very good player – we also had the one from Zambia (Isaac Chansa) and the other one who played behind the striker.
“I would rate the Jali, Manyisa combination in my top five, they were very, very good together.”
Krol was last in charge of Tunisian side CS Sfaxien and has been linked with a return to South African football.