- Bafana Bafana star midfielder Andile Jali finally ended speculation about his future on Friday
- The most sought-after free agent in South Africa confirmed that he had signed a 5-year deal with PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns
- Jali returned from Belgium earlier this year which led to a bidding war between Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates
Months of speculation, rumours and false reports were finally ended on Friday when Bafana Bafana star midfielder Andile Jali confirmed he had signed a deal to play for Mamelodi Sundowns. Jali chose to play for the African and PSL champions instead of Kaizer Chiefs or his old side Orlando Pirates.
Jali returned to South Africa earlier this year after spending four years with Belgian side KV Oostende. Jali’s return made him the most sought-after free agent in the country.
He was courted by the big three Premier Soccer League (PSL) teams and sparked a bidding war between Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and his former side Orlando Pirates.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Jali and Mamelodi Sundowns confirmed on Friday that he had signed a five year deal with the current PSL champions.
Soccerladuma.com reported that Jali expressed his relief at finally having wrapped up negotiations and to have certainty about his future.
Jali said: “At last, this deal is done. It’s been a long process but I’m relieved and I can relax before the season starts.”
He said he was pleased with the thought of representing the current PSL and 2016 African champions and was waiting for coach Pitso Mosimane to let him know when to start with training.
Jali said an important part of his decision to sign with Sundowns was their proven track record of winning. He said he looked forward to being in a top side, fighting for titles and silverware.
Mosimane will be faced with an incredibly strong midfield selection, Jali joins a group of midfielders which includes Hlompho Kekena, Tiyani Mabunda, Oupa Manyisa and Lucky Mohomi.
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