Do Pirates Really Need Jali Now?

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JOHANNESBURG: Jali’s return could cause uncertainty for some of the midfielders who are eagerly waiting for their chance.

With rumours that former Orlando Pirates midfielder Andile Jali could be on his way back to the club from Belgium now stronger than ever, it is a subject of interest as to whether the Buccaneers really need Jali at this time.

The 27-year-old midfielder left Pirates in 2014 to Belgium with K.V Oostende but has been in recent times linked with moves back to his home land and Mamelodi Sundowns and his former club Pirates reportedly after his signature. However, it now seems Pirates have the upper hand to land “Gattusso”.

With Bucs having much depth in midfield, it now remains a question as to whether Jali’s return to the club is required and what it would mean for other midfielders who are currently at the club. Jali’s return could cause uncertainty for some of the midfielders who are eagerly waiting for their chance. 

Bucs currently have the likes of Musa Nyatama, Thami Sangweni, Xoli Mlambo, Issa Sarr and Bidvest Wits’ Ben Motshwari who is bound to join them at the end of the season. Those players play a role similar to that of Jali, which clearly shows that coach Micho could be content with the midfield he has. Adding Jali to that pool could possibly complicate things for team.

Jali joined Pirates in 2009 from University of Pretoria and appeared 98 times, scoring 8 goals in the process for the Buccaneers.