‘Bale’ salutes Jali for a career-saving advice 

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On loan Maritzburg United left wing-back Malebogo Modise has credited Andile Jali for giving him brotherly advice which has since seen him grow in leaps and bounds as a player, following his promotion into Mamelodi Sundowns’ first team.

Modise, whose Maritzburg United side will face Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup last 16 fixture tonight at Harry Gwala Stadium (Kick-off 18h00), stated that Jali advised him to go out on loan to Maritzburg shortly after his promotion into the first team, if he was to see himself grow and develop more as a player.

Maritzburg United more specifically because Vincent Kobolla, who was Maritzburg United’s assistant coach at the time, had called Jali to inquire about the type of person and teammate Modise was, before he and the rest of the technical staff were to make the final decision of bringing him on board on a loan deal.
That decision worked in Modise’s favor as he has now played more matches than he would have in a star-studded Sundowns side. To date, ‘Bale’ as Modise is affectionately known, has played eight matches in all competitions for the Team of Choice in his debut season in the elite league.
“Jali approached me one time after training and said: ‘Hey Bale, you need to go on loan because you are not going to get much game time to help speed up your growth and development here,” Modise recalled.
“His remarks came from a right place because he had been speaking to Kobola who was interested in having me over at Maritzburg.
“Another reason is that you also need to be in a certain level of playing fitness if you are to play exceptionally well in the wing-back role at Sundowns. Tebogo Langerman has been great in advising me on how to take care of myself both on and off the pitch in order to continue getting better.
It is only after I had received the loan offer that both my agent and I decided to go with the decision to help speed up my growth (as Jali had initially advised),” Modise added. “And it’s been great so far,” Modise said.
Asked about tonight’s Nedbank Cup last 16 tie against Pirates, Modise said: “Things haven’t been great in our league campaign and this is something that we have spoken about as players together with the coaching staff, that we needed to get out of the relegation zone as soon as possible.
“Looking at our match against Pirates, it’s not going to be an easy match, however, we’ve had enough time to prepare for it. We are ready for them.”
By Mohau Ramashidja

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