Andile Jali

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Andile Jali
Personal information
Full name Andile Ernest Jali
Date of birth (1990-04-10) 10 April 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Matatiele, South Africa
Height 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder,
Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
K.V. Oostende
Number 15
Youth career
2002–2005 Hot Spurs
2006–2007 Matat Professionals
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Pretoria University 29 (1)
2009–2014 Orlando Pirates 98 (8)
2014– K.V. Oostende 82 (1)
National team
2010– South Africa 40 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 June 2012.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2016

Andile Ernest Jali (born 10 April 1990 in Matatiele, Eastern Cape) is a South African footballer who plays for K.V. Oostende in the Belgian Pro League and South Africa international side.

He was a member of the South African squad at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt. In 2010, Jali was named in the preliminary 30-man South African squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup but missed out on the 23-man squad because of a mild heart condition which ruled him out of the competition.[1]

Career[edit]

Pretoria[edit]

Mxhosa, as his teammates refer to him, has made a name for himself since moving from the National First Division side Pretoria University to Soweto giants Orlando Pirates.

Orlando Pirates[edit]

He joined Orlando Pirates in 2009. He since became the subject of favourable comparisons to Benedict Vilakazi - who wore the number 15 jersey before Jali.

Jali was part of the Orlando Pirates squad that made history in South African football by winning three trophies in one season under Dutch coach Ruud Krol. The same team went on to defend two of their trophies won in the previous year and also win another to make it a back to back treble. Jali has established himself as one of the most important players in the Orlando Pirates squad, winning several trophies at his time at the club. Partly due to his success with the Soweto side, he was touted as the future captain of the South African national team (Bafana Bafana). He has also received acclaim for his performances with some analysts claiming he has the potential to make a name for himself in European football.

Oostende[edit]

In January 2014, Jali signed for Belgian Pro League team K.V. Oostende. Durinhg his second his in 2015/16 season, Jali was impressive helping guide Oostende to a 5th place finish in the Belgian Pro League.

International career[edit]

He was a member of the South African squad at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.

He mnade his debut for South Africa in 2010. In 2010, Jali was named in the preliminary 30-man South African squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup but missed out on the 23-man squad because of a mild heart condition which ruled him out of the competition.[1]

During 2015, Jali was called up the 2015 African Cup of Nations, playing in South Africa's games against Algeria, Ghana and Senegal in the competition.

International Goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 4 September 2011 Niamey, Niger  Niger 1–2 1–2 2012 African Cup of Nations qualification
2. 8 October 2015 San Jose, Costa Rica  Costa Rica 1–0 1–0 Friendly
3. 13 November 2015 Benguela, Angola  Angola 3–1 3–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Orlando Pirates

Individual[edit]

PSL player of the season

References[edit]

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