Midfield dynamo Andile Jali has taken Moroka Swallows to the Premier Soccer League Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) for the club’s failure to pay his salaries.
IDiski Times has learned that the matter will be heard on Valentine’s Day at the offices of the league in Parktown, with the player said to be represented by his legal team to fight for what he feels belongs to him.
Due to this standoff, Jali has not returned to training with Swallows as they regroup to prepare for the resumption of the league, with the source saying the player “is fed up” and he was “tired of coming to training but at the end of the day not getting paid”.
The PSL DRC judges will look at all the legalities and presentations from both parties involved, as clubs in the past were seen to be powerful over the players until the league came up with its DRC to be full-fledged and comply with FIFA and SAFA statutes.
Jali, who joined Swallows at the beginning of the season, according to the source, has not even received his signing-on fee from the Dube Birds that was agreed upon when he joined the club on a one-year deal with an option after leaving Mamelodi Sundowns towards the end of last term.
Jali, along with many Swallows players, was not paid salaries in December, with the Dube Birds later releasing more than 22 players over disciplinary issues. But while some have since re-signed with the club, Jali will take the matter to the PSL DRC.
Swallows did not turn up in the two matches against Mamelodi Sundowns and Golden Arrows in December due to the standoff between players and management, as players were demanding to be paid before Christmas.
Those matches were then awarded as walkovers to Arrows and Sundowns and Swallows were fined an amount of R1 million by PSL prosecutor Zola Majavu, with R600,000 suspended for 24 months on condition that the club is not found to have committed the same offence.
Jali’s decline, especially at Sundowns, came as a surprise to many, as he was the best player in the 2021/22 season, playing in that tuck-in role between the two central defenders, claiming a few individuals awards as the Sundowns coasted to the treble.
He was even at times named the skipper of the side, as he was so good and unplayable. But in the following season, with Teboho Mokoena having arrived from SuperSport United and the re-signing of Bongani Zungu, Jali’s place was more often on the sidelines.
The former Orlando Pirates midfielder, who was offered to Kaizer Chiefs before joining Sundowns in 2018, joined Swallows to be reunited with his former coach Steve Komphela, who had stunningly left Sundowns to switch to the Soweto club during the off-season.
But Komphela’s future, just like Jali’s, is currently dark, as he has not returned to training with Swallows, due to the current uncertainties.
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Story by Robin-Duke Madlala (@duke_robin).