Kaizer Chiefs will be disappointed as coach Rhulani Mokwena of Mamelodi Sundowns hinted that he may not let Andile Jali leave the club during the January transfer window.
Sundowns have benefited from their squad depth, according to Mokwena, allowing him to rotate while maintaining the same level of performance.
The Brazilians have won 13 games in a row in the PSL, thanks to Mokwena’s use of the large squad at his disposal, and the competition for positions has brought out the best in the players.
This has provided opportunities for a number of fringe players, including Jali, who has fallen down the pecking order since the arrival of Teboho Mokoena from SuperSport United.
Jali has piqued the interest of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates due to the fact that he has six months left on his contract, and the Soweto giants were given some hope last week when the player’s agent gave Sundowns an ultimatum to make a decision on his future or allow him to leave.
However, with Mokwena keen to use all of his players, especially with the Caf Champions League group stage approaching, it appears that the 32-year-old defensive midfielder will not be leaving anytime soon.
According to SABC, Mokwena said, “We knew about the schedule before going to the mini mid-season break and we worked a little bit hard on training every player.
“To make sure that every player is ready In a big club, you always have to be ready to play every two or three days. The depth allows us to give opportunities, confidently so and put faith and trust in each and every player in the team.
“The only solution to a hectic schedule is freshness and rotation, to make everybody feel they are part of the process. Others have played only three or four matches and we’ve played seven games in 24 days.
“It’s not easy because that means there’s no training. There’s not enough time but we are working a little bit hard to make sure that we continue to improve the team and improve the individual players that are within the team.”