Andile Jali: Midfielder Asserts Financial Independence Amidst Dispute with Moroka Swallows

Andile Jali: Midfielder Asserts Financial Independence Amidst Dispute with Moroka Swallows

Robert Abong'o
February 25, 2024 at 5:51 PM
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  • Former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Andile Jali does not have a money problem
  • The 33-year-old was among the players Moroka Swallows released after a strike
  • Jali opted against joining PSL side Kaizer Chiefs due to contractual disagreements

Former Moroka Swallows midfielder, Andile Jali, is finely navigating his financial future despite his current free-agent status and a looming reported dispute with his former club.

Jali, a seasoned player with stints at Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns, was embroiled in a dispute with Swallows stemming from the club's failure to fulfil scheduled Premier League Soccer (PSL) fixtures.

The controversy arose when the team failed to honour two DSTv Premiership games in December 2023 against Mamelodi Sundowns and Golden Arrows, leading to a hearing by the PSL Disciplinary Committee.

Former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Andile Jali. Photo: Phill Magakoe.
Andile Jali was among the players released by Moroka Swallows after a strike. Photo: Phill Magakoe.
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The club released Jali and several other players amid the turmoil.

Addressing concerns about his financial well-being, the 33-year-old reassured that he is financially stable. When questioned about the impact of Swallows' financial crisis on him, he responded assertively.

"You know? I have my own money. I don’t know when they say enough money, what do they mean?” Jali posed, as quoted by The South African.

Despite being courted by Kaizer Chiefs, the Jali opted against joining due to contractual disagreements.

He revealed that the contract terms proposed by AmaKhosi, particularly regarding image rights, were not acceptable to him. He also spoke about his reluctance to relinquish control over his social media presence, citing a clause that would grant the club ownership of his online content.

“At Chiefs, there is a clause [about image rights]. They will own [what you say] on Instagram, Facebook and everything to tell you what to post. It’s not possible. So they can’t tell me my image rights. It was not possible. Yes [that was the deal breaker],” he explained, as reported by Far Post.

Moreover, Jali clarified that discussions about jersey numbers were premature, stressing that talks should focus on securing a contract first.

Moroka Swallows fire Steve Komphela

Sports Brief reported that Moroka Swallows officially parted ways with coach Steve Komphela.

The ex-Sundowns coach has not been functioning as the Dube Birds' coach since late last year, with Musa Nyatama in charge of the team on an interim basis.

The club has yet to name a replacement for the 56-year-old manager.

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