‘I have signed’: Andile Jali completes next move

Free agent for five months, former Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates midfielder Andile Jali has secured his next move.

Jali left Moroka Swallows at the beginning of the second round due to internal club issues, including unpaid staff salaries that sparked a player strike. He was one of the players dismissed after the club held its own disciplinary hearing.

He last kicked the ball when Swallows played a goalless draw with Royal AM on 23 December in the DStv Premiership. Overall, he played only 13 matches across all competitions in the Dube Birds colours.

Jali has revealed that he has put pen to paper, signing a deal with a new club ahead of the start of the 2024/25 season. He didn’t reveal the name of the club, leaving that to his representatives and the club itself.

ANDILE JALI SAYS HE HAS SIGNED FOR A NEW CLUB

“Everything has been sorted out. I have signed and [am] looking forward to next season,” Jali told Soccer Laduma

“I can't reveal the name of the team. My agent and the team are in a good position to do that.”

At some point, reports suggested he could be heading to Kaizer Chiefs, however, that move remains highly unlikely with Jali having opened up about why he rejected Amakhosi upon his return from Belgium.

Former Orlando Pirates man has also been linked with the newly promoted Magesi FC. The Limpopo outfit earned automatic promotion to the DStv Premiership after winning the Motsepe Foundation Championship last season.

In an interview with Gagasi FM last week, Jali's agent Mike Makaab from Prosport International disclosed that the talented midfielder, originally from Matatiele, would continue in the DStv Premiership for the upcoming season.  

During the conversation, he mentioned that the negotiations were at an advanced stage.

JALI'S REPRESENTATIVE CONFIRMED THE MIDFIELDER WOULD REMAIN IN THE DSTV PREMIERSHIP

“I can only say that we are very close to finalising a new home for him, I will not disclose that now but I can assure you that it will happen within the next seven to ten days, all things being equal,” said Makaab on Extratime on Gagasi FM.

“The talks are at an advanced stage between ourselves, AJ and this particular football club. He is remaining in the DStv Premiership. I am not even prepared to whisper the province, soon enough you will find out.”

Jali's next club will be revealed soon as the clubs come back for pre-season to prepare for the upcoming 2024/25 campaign.

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