Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has expressed his hope that Andile Jali comes back to the PSL with the right attitude.
Jali signed for Mamelodi Sundowns earlier this week after his contract was terminated with Belgian club KV Oostende in April. The midfielder spent four years in Belgium and Baxter will be hoping Jali’s return will be a successful one.
The former Orlando Pirates man will form an integral part of the Bafana set-up if he is fit and firing at club level.
Baxter communicated his hope that Jali can make a contribution at Downs.
He, however, noted that it can sometimes be difficult for players returning to South Africa as they often struggle to adapt.
‘When players come back from abroad‚ there are two scenarios‚’ Baxter said.
‘One is they come back, and they show everybody in South Africa why they were one of the players playing abroad.
‘Or they come back, and they think that the South African league is not good enough for them.
‘And I’m hoping that Andile will come back and show everybody why he was abroad with his attitude and his contribution to the league here,’ concluded Baxter.
Jali left Orlando Pirates for Oostende in January 2014. Despite enjoying four successful seasons in Belgium‚ he expressed his desire to return home to South Africa. Sundowns then beat off competition from Kaizer Chiefs to acquire the services of the 28-year-old ahead of the PSL 2018-19 season.