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Pitso Mosimane: Andile Jali's signing is good for Mamelodi Sundowns

14:08 EAT 09/06/2018
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, May 2018
While the Masandawana mentor is excited by their new signing, he is wary that several of his stars could be on their way out

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is delighted following the acquisition of Bafana Bafana star Andile Jali.

The Brazilians needed to battle tooth and nail to capture the 28-year-old’s signature, beating out the likes of interested parties such as Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

Speaking in an interview with Power FM on Friday, the Sundowns mentor who is set to depart for a Caf Pro Licence workshop to be held in Morocco, explained that the allure of Caf Champions League football is what convinced Jali to join the 2016 African champions.

“We wanted to be quiet with Jali,” Mosimane told Power FM.

“Andile (Jali) is good for us. What is important for him is that he will play Champions League. He knows that at Sundowns he will win trophies. Andile lives in Pretoria,” he added.

“He won't play (Fifa) Club World Cup at Oostende. But here at Sundowns he can,” the 53-year-old explained.

“International football is guaranteed. He is a winner. He plays with Vila, Mshishi, Tau, Mabunda at Bafana. They are there interacting. He will now be with (Oupa) Ace Manyisa,” he stated.

“Ace told him we take care of him. If we were not taking care of Manyisa, he was not going to come,” he revealed.

Meanwhile, Mosimane is gearing himself up for a transfer window which could see several of his star players including 2017/18 Premier Soccer League (PSL) Footballer of the Season, Percy Tau depart the club. But Mosimane is still hopeful that the club can secure the services of Khama Billiat even suggesting that they would look to match whatever offer he receives from Europe.

“Percy is wanted in Europe. We have to replace a lot of players, important players. We still have to win every year. It's my job to keep Sundowns on top. I hope not to lose Khama,” he said.

“We don't want to lose Khama Billiat. Nothing is finalised. We won't be selfish if he gets a big offer in Europe. He must feed his family. He won us seven trophies. He won is the Champions League,” he continued.

“Premier league teams must respect Sundowns. They must put in a serious offer for Percy. They must show respect,” Mosimane suggested.

“We respect our players. We are trying our best to keep Khama Billiat. The agent is not telling. I don't know what is happening with Khama. If we don't give a good offer, Khama will leave,” he said.

“We will match Europe offer to keep Khama. We will match. We will wait. His contract is up but we will wait. Sundowns fans love him,” Mosimane expressed.

“We might lose Percy and Khama. We may struggle next season. We will sign more players. The power of the Pound and Euro will take Percy and Khama, It's not in our hands,” he lamented.

Furthermore, Mosimane admitted that the futures of both Razak Brimah and defender Razak Brimah are uncertain.

“We will see if Razak (Brimah) is right or wrong. He's not happy on the bench, he wants to play before Ofori. In my opinion, he is better than Ofori,” he admitted.

“Bangaly wants to go to Europe. He feels he wants to go,” he concluded.