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Watch: Andile Jali spotted wearing Pirates jacket at the Engen Cup in Randburg

Andile Ernest Jali, a star for Mamelodi Sundowns FC, has appeared for four different teams throughout the course of his career and will surely be remembered as one of the most notable and successful central middlefielders in South African football history.

The 32-year-professional old's career kicked off in 2007 when the University of Pretoria Football Club signed him away from the amateur Matatiele Professionals Football Club. The next year, in 2009, he joined the Orlando Pirates football club.

After leading University of Pretoria to the 2008 Nedbank Cup final, when they faced and defeated Kaizer Chiefs Football Club, among others, he decided to relocate to the ritzy Mayfair neighborhood.

The 32-year-career old's flourished while he was with the Pirates. He formed a central midfield partnership with Oupa Manyisa and easily dominated rival clubs thanks to his box-to-box talent.

Together with coach Ruud Krol, they won the league title in each of the 2010–2011 and 2011–2012 seasons with the South African side Pirates. Once a member of the South African club Sundowns, Jali returned to play for them in 2018 after spending 2014 with Belgian club K.V. Oostende.

Sundowns have been tremendously successful throughout his time there, winning every major trophy save the CAF Champions League.

Sundowns' skipper Jali was seen yesterday at Randburg to see the under-19 team play in the Engen Cup final against Chiefs. He was joined by former Pirates teammates Brandon Mhlongo and Phumudzo Manenzhe.

Jali's original plan was to rejoin Pirates upon his return to the nation, but a financial conflict prompted him to sign with the Brazilians instead. During this incident, Manenzhe remarked that despite his success with Sundowns, Jali's heart is still with Pirates.

On the other hand, I think it's inappropriate for him to be seen in Sundowns' opponents' colors, as doing so would show disdain and a lack of dedication to the team, regardless of where his genuine loyalties lay.


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