Absa Premiership

Bucs legend explains why Jali should pick Pirates

2018-05-09 08:21
Andile Jali and Lucky Lekgwathi (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Buccaneers winger Joseph Ngake says Andile Jali should return 'home' to his former club Orlando Pirates.

Jali parted ways with Belgium side KV Oostende last month and although there is talk that he may still stay on in Europe, there has also been plenty of speculation that the 28-year-old could return to the Absa Premiership.

The Soweto giants and Mamelodi Sundowns are said to be the midfielder's likely suitors.

Ngake is of the opinion that the Bafana Bafana international hard-man should only be thinking of one club - Orlando Pirates.

He used another former Buccaneer Benedict Vilakazi as an example.

When Vilakazi returned to South Africa from Sweden, he failed to find the same form with Sundowns as he had previously enjoyed with the Sea Robbers.

"Many people don't understand that often as footballers there is one club that always remains your home no matter where you go and how many clubs you play for," Ngake told the Soccer Laduma website.

"The fact is that Jali played his best football at Pirates and that is where he should go if he indeed wants to make a return to South Africa.

"Look for me, he is still young and very talented and I'm sure if he gets offers in Europe he will stay abroad.

"However, I also believe that he wants to come back, then Pirates should be the team that he comes back to," he continued.

"This reminds me of Benedict Vilakazi's situation when he left Pirates to go play in Sweden. When it was revealed that he would come back a lot of people thought he would come back to Pirates where he became a household name.

"All I can say is that he was never the same 'Tso' when he played for other teams. I know it's a sentimental philosophy but as a player I believe that every player's heart belongs to one club."

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