Bafana Bafana midfielder Andile Jali will be back in the Absa Premiership for the 2018/2019 season after terminating his contract with KV Oostende in Belgium.
The football star has been in Belgium since January 2014 playing for Oostende. The Bafana Bafana player with 43 caps moved to Belgium from Orlando Pirates.
Jali played a vital role in helping the Belgian side reach the 2017/18 Europa League qualifiers, where they lost to Marseille in the third qualifying round.
The Belgian club announced last month that Jali’s departure was a mutual decision and that he was free to leave with immediate effect, giving him an opportunity to play for a local club.
It was previously reported that only the 2017/2018 PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns FC and Orlando Pirates FC were in the race to sign the Bafana Bafana midfielder.
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Kick Off reported on Wednesday morning that the ‘Phefeni Glamour Boys’ Kaizer Chiefs has also joined the race. An anonymous source told the publication that the 28-year-old is still weighing up his options.
Jali’s agent, Mike Makaab has told EWN that the player will end up with one of the PSL’s top three clubs, but that talks were in preliminary stages.
“Andile just felt that it’s time for him to make a change and honestly, he just wanted to be back home, close to his family. He’s married now and has young children and it was important to be close to them, provided we can find a suitable deal for him,” Makaab was quoted as saying.
Additional sources: EWN and Kick Off