The 28-year-old has been a free agent ever since he parted ways with his now former Belgium top flight club KV Oostende. This immediately sent South African fan’s expectations into overdrive as the Premier Soccer League’s (PSL) big three all emerged as front runners for the midfielder’s signature.
Nonetheless, while it was recently reported that Kaizer Chiefs may have been leading the race for Jali, according to Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, his team are now in pole position to bring the former Sea Robber to Chloorkop.
“Yes, there is progress,” Mosimane was quoted as saying at the PSL Awards on Tuesday night where he walked away with the Coach of the Season award.
"We are really talking to Jali now and we are very close,” he added.
Mosimane though, has revealed that despite talks being at an advanced stage, the final decision lies with the player himself.
“To be honest it’s up to him to sign,” Mosimane stated,
"We’ve discussed‚ we’ve spoken‚ and we’ve seen his terms and obviously its business‚ he wants more (money),” he explained.
“So, we have reached a good level and a good point of understanding with him‚” Mosimane optimistically said.
If Mosimane does indeed sign, the 53-year-old will acquire a player with vast experience not only in the PSL but on the continent which certainly excites the former South Africa national team coach.
“He’s got the right attitude for football‚" Mosimane praised.
"You know him‚ he is stubborn‚ he fights‚ he is a bull terrier and he’s got the right tempo to play in the Caf Champions League,” he said.
“He’s played international football and he’s playing for Bafana‚ so he understands all these things,” he continued.
“So Jali has to understand that and he understood that‚" he expressed.
“He understands that if he comes here he still has his buddy Manyisa and we still have Kekana‚” he concluded.