Jali in trou­ble?… two court cases pend­ing

Soccer Laduma - - Siyag Bhoza -

Andile Jali put in a Man of the Match per­for­mance for Mamelodi Sun­downs over the week­end as the Brazil­ians de­feated Chippa United 1- 0 in the Absa Premier­ship, and after the game coach Pitso Mosi­mane praised the mid­fielder.

Jali, how­ever, has been in the me­dia for the wrong rea­sons. The Sun­day World pub­lished an ar­ti­cle - “Jali faces ex­pul­sion over drink­ing prob­lem” - on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28, in­di­cat­ing that the 28-year-old is facing the exit door.

Ac­cord­ing to the ar­ti­cle, Jali al­legedly “failed three pre-train­ing breathal­yser tests”. An in­de­pen­dent source has since con­firmed the news to the Siya crew and, while the crew at­tempted to ver­ify the news with the player, his phone went straight to voice­mail.

It seems that Jali is in hot wa­ter, not for the first time since re­turn­ing from Bel­gium.

In May 2018, news broke in Mzansi that a player had been ar­rested for al­legedly driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol. At the time, Tsh­wane Metro Po­lice De- part­ment (TMPD) spokesman Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Isaac Ma­hamba was un­able to di­vulge the player’s iden­tity, though there was wide spec­u­la­tion of who the player was.

Jali was quick to react back in May, dis­tanc­ing him­self from the in­ci­dent. When a fol­lower on Twit­ter asked if it was Jali that was ar­rested, the mid­fielder replied, “It’s not me please guys.”

The Siya crew, how­ever, has now fol­lowed up with Ma­hamba, who has con­firmed that the player that was ar­rested back in May is, in fact, Jali.

“Yes, I can con­firm that the player that was ar­rested (back in May) was Andile Jali. At the time, I could not re­veal his iden­tity as he had not been charged with drunk and driv­ing. He was then charged, and we now can re­veal his name.”

Asked if he will be ap­pear­ing in court next year, Ma­hamba replied, “He will still face trial, where he will be for­merly charged. That is still the plan, yes. As I told you be­fore, we give the lab­o­ra­to­ries up to one year to get the blood sam­ples pro­cessed.”

Jali is in hot wa­ter and, while his abil­ity on the field of play is not in ques­tion, his be­hav­iour off it has set tongues wag­ging for the wrong rea­sons.

Jali, how­ever, is facing an­other court case. The Gaut­eng Pro­vin­cial Spokesper­son for the South African Po­lice Ser­vice (SAPS), Lieu­tenant Colonel Lun­gelo Dlamini, con­firmed on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 30, that Andile Jali would ap­pear in Hat­field Com­mu­nity Court after be­ing charged for as­sault and ma­li­cious dam­age to prop­erty.

The Siya crew re­vealed the news on the Soc­cer Lad­uma web­site on Tues­day and will keep you up­dated on the lat­est hap­pen­ings sur­round­ing the player.

Con­tacted for com­ment, the club had not re­sponded at the time of go­ing to print, while the player was also un­reach­able.

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