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Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates are reportedly leading the race for Andile Jali's signature

18:14 GMT+3 02/05/2018
KV Oostende, Andile Jali
The Bafana Bafana star could have an important decision on his hands with Masandawana and the Sea Robbers leading the race for his signature

According to reports, the Premier Soccer League’s (PSL) big three are involved in a tussle over the services of Bafana Bafana international Andile Jali, with Masandawana and the Buccaneers believed to be leading the way. 

Ever since news broke that Jali has parted ways with his Belgium club KV Oostende, speculation has been rife regarding his return to South Africa. Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns’ names have all been bandied about with the latter’s coach even openly expressing his interest in the player, albeit with certain limitations.

But despite Sundowns' interest, reports by SowetanLive have now confirmed that they will face stern competition from Jali’s former club. The 28-year-old who spent five-and-a-half seasons at the Buccaneers is believed to have his heart set on a return and according to the publication, the chairman Irvin Khoza is working on a plan to lure Jali to Houghton.

However, the Sea Robber administrative manager Floyd Mbele has denied that the club have made an approach for Jali’s services.

“I’m not even aware that Andile has met with the chairman‚” Mbele told SowetanLive.

“If somebody says the chairman is trying to [sign the player]‚ the assumption is that they have met,” he added.

“And I can’t speak for the chairman‚ no. I wouldn’t know,” he continued.

“Not that I am aware of‚ no,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, the report further states that Sundowns have already offered the tough tackling midfielder a far superior financial package. But club spokesman Thulani Thuswa has remained tight-lipped on the reported interest refusing to comment on the reports.

It now remains to be seen just where Jali’s next destination will be. Sundowns coach Mosimane has already revealed that the club have signed one player already and are closing in on a second. But it is unclear whether or not any of those players will be Jali as the Tshwane giants look to up the ante as they look to reclaim their continental crown.