Ton up for Jali

Orlando Pirates midfielder Andile Jali reaches a significant milestone tonight

Andile Jali will mark his 100th start for Orlando Pirates on Tuesday night when the Premier Soccer League champions hosts Ajax Cape Town in Soweto.

The 22-year-old is in his fourth season in the top flight after being bought by the Buccaneers from Pretoria University, with whom he had a dream season in 2009 when the club made it to the Nedbank Cup final.

He has become a vital member of the squad and played a key part in their recent trophy winning spree, including two league championships in 2011 and 2012 and success in the MTN8, Telkom Knockout and Nedbank Cup.

Jali made his debut for Pirates away against Ajax in August 2009 and been a regular for the team ever since, missing matches only through injury, suspension and once only for tactical and reasons around his form.

Jali has scored six goals in his 99 starts, his latest goal the winner for Pirates in their last match 10 days ago when he netted a penalty for the Sea Robbers to beat Platinum Stars 1-0 in coach Roger de Sa’s debut.

His appearances include league and cup games.

Jali has also won 11 caps for South Africa but was one of the significant omission from the squad since Gordon Igesund took over as coach.