Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates coach Augusto Palacios says the fact Andile Jali
was omitted from the Bafana Bafana squad to play Brazil and Mozambique
is a blessing in disguise for the midfielder.
The Peruvian tactician was forced to take off Jali in the
second-half of Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Moroka Swallows at the Orlando
Stadium following yet another disappointing performance from the
Palacios admits Jali's showings so far this term have been well
below par, and feels the Buccaneer would do well to use the
international break to reflect on his performances on the pitch.
"Jali didn't have a good game against Swallows and it is clear, I
don't play with names so I had to put in Onyekachi Okonkwo. If you
don't perform, I must give other players a chance," Palacios told Football411.
"He must check why he is not performing and I spoke to him about
this, so he must ask himself why he was not included in the Bafana team
so this is good for him because it gives him a chance to look at his own
"The only way a player must be in the national team is through
performance, not by name. So for every player, that's the way it is and
for Jali, it is the same thing at Pirates.
"If you are not performing, then other players must get a chance," Palacios added.