Bafana Bafana central midfielder Andile Jali believes that his national team will compete well in the African Cup of Nations competition to be held in Equatorial Guinea.The 3-0 triumph in an AFCON 2015 warm-up match against Mali wrapped up South Africa’s arrangements for the mainland competition after they additionally beat Zambia 1-0 and drew 1-1 with Cameroon in inviting amusements. Jali, who captained the national group without precedent for the win over the Eagles, now accepts South Africa can head into the competition in Equatorial Guinea with their tails up.After the match with Mali Jali feels Bafana are prepared for the AFCON competition. The way Bafana we played today demonstrated that they can stand and compete against giant teams in Africa.
While Bafana will doubtlessly pay appreciation to alternate groups in their gathering – Algeria, Ghana and Senegal, Jali says that key to achievement is for the South Africans to concentrate on their own qualities.The previous Orlando Pirates midfield workhorse says it was an honor to wear the armband, in what was his 23rd game.The African Cup of Nations is surely not going to be an easy task for Bafana Bafana as they will be facing African Giants who are renowned for their physical presence in the field.
Bafana are facing Algeria,Ghana and Senegal in their group and it is safe to say they are underdogs of the group going to this competition.The South African side are not very physical and they will have to use what they have to their advantage. Bafana have an advantage of pace, skill and quickness when they go forward with an attack.They will also need to watch their opponents in set pieces and corners because that is where West and North African teams take their as the players have height.
Bafana last won the African Cup of Nations in 1996 and have not done well ever since,they will be looking to do better this time around and at least reach the finals in the competition .Bafana has been struggling to compete at the Afcon in the last couple of competitions and even failed to qualify in some of the past contests.With the introduction of Shakes Mashaba as a new coach the national team will go all out and the supporters are also hoping for the best.
Andile Jali’s career fact file
Andile Ernest Jali was conceived 10 April 1990 in Matatiele, Eastern Cape and is a South African footballer who plays for K.V. Oostende in the Belgian Pro League and South Africa.He was an individual from the South African squad at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt. In 2010, Jali was named in the preparatory 30-man South African squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup yet passed up a major opportunity for the 23-man squad in light of a gentle heart condition which precluded him of the opposition.
Mxhosa, as his colleagues nicknamed him to him, made a name for himself since moving from the National First Divisionside Pretoria University to Soweto titans Orlando Pirates. He has been the subject of ideal correlations to Benedict Vilakazi who additionally wore the number 15 shirt before Jali.He is known for his good passing vision in the field and his ability to control the middle of the field. Jali can also attack and can be defensive as well,he is a versatile player who is also good at shooting from the distance and dribbling the opponent when necessary.
Jali was a piece of the Orlando Pirates squad that did something worth remembering in South African football by winning three trophies in one season under Dutch mentor Ruud Krol. The same group went ahead to safeguard two of their trophies won in the earlier year furthermore win an alternate to make it a consecutive treble. Jali has built himself as a standout amongst the most critical players in the Orlando Pirates squad.
Part of the way because of his prosperity with the Soweto side, he has been touted as a future commander of the South African national group (Bafana). He has likewise gotten praise for his exhibitions with a few experts asserting he can possibly make a name for himself in European football. In January 2014, Jali joined the Belgian Pro League club K.V. Oostende. Jali will be hoping to impress in Belgium as he has aspirations of playing for the big giants of European footballs one day.