PSL News 11.5.2017 01:43 pm

Jali fighting his way back into Oostende first team

Andile Jali celebrates scoring a penalty with Percy Tau of South Africa during the 2017 International Friendly match between South Africa and Guinea Bissau at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

Andile Jali celebrates scoring a penalty with Percy Tau of South Africa during the 2017 International Friendly match between South Africa and Guinea Bissau at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

The change in attitude and physical fitness from Bafana midfielder Andile Jali has earned him a return to the first team at Belgian side KV Oostende.

Jali has worked his way into coach Yves Vanderhaeghe’s squad and played the full 90 minutes in their 4-3 victory over Gent.

The midfielder returned to the first team in time for Stuart Baxter preparing to announce his Bafana Bafana squad. The former Orlando Pirates man fell down the parking order at the Belgian side after sustaining an injury that kept him out of action for a while. He struggled to get back in shape after recovering from his injury. The 27-year-old has made eight starts this season.

“It helps that he has lost two kilograms‚ and one thing that is certain is the quality is definitely there‚” Vanderhaeghe said.

“In training he has shown that he has regained his motivation and his smile.”

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