The Bafana Bafana boss challenges Jali to keep working hard and not to take playing in the PSL for granted
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has urged new Mamelodi Sundowns signing Andile Jali to keep working hard and maintain his form.
The former Orlando Pirates midfielder completed his switch to the Tshwane side after deciding to return to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) ahead of the the new 2018/19 PSL season.
Although the Matatiele-born midfielder was seen as a man set to return home to the Buccaneers, he opted to join the reigning PSL champions on a five-year deal last week.
Despite interest from the Soweto giants who were hoping to welcome the midfielder following a four-year stay in Belgium with KV Oostende, Kaizer Chiefs were also believed to be in the running for his signature
Speaking for the first time after Jali’s return to the domestic scene, Baxter expressed hope that the 28-year-old will do well at the Brazilians.
‘Mxhosa’ returned to the PSL with Sundowns recently after leaving Oostende a few months ago after a relatively successful period in Europe.
Nonetheless, Baxter, who was recently in charge when Bafana won the Plate final in the 2018 Cosafa Cup, warned the player against complacency.
“When players come back from abroad‚ there are two scenarios,” Baxter told reporters.
“One is they come back, and they show everybody in South Africa why they were one of the players playing abroad,” said the coach.
“Or they come back, and they think that the South African league is not good enough for them,” he continued.
“I’m hoping that Andile will come back and show everybody why he was abroad with his attitude and his contribution to the league here,” urged the Bafana mentor.
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Before his departure in 2014, the box-to-box midfielder was a key player for the Ghost as he partnered with Oupa Manyisa who has since joined the Chloorkop-based side.
However, he will ply his trade for the Brazilians in 2018/19 and all eyes will be on him whether or not he will be able to hit the ground running with the 2016 African champions.