Footballer Jali survives accident

2014-03-10 00:00

FORMER Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana midfielder Andile Jali has survived a serious accident in which his luxury SUV was written off.

The accident occurred when a bakkie collided with his Jeep Grand Cherokee in Kokstad on Saturday afternoon.

It is believed the bakkie did not stop at a stop street and crashed in to Jali’s car. Jali had left his Matatiele family home where he had been visiting his father.

The soccer player sustained injuries to his arm.

Andile’s father, Sikhumbuzo “Chest” Jali told The Witness yesterday morning that he thanked God his talented son survived the accident.

“I can confirm that Andile is fine. When I saw him after the incident I felt relieved,” said Jali’s father.

He said he felt happy when he saw his son wake up early yesterday morning.

KwaZulu-Natal RTI spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said it is alleged that a double-cab failed to stop at a stop sign, which resulted in a head-on collision. She said Jali was rushed to Kokstad Private Hospital where he was examined by doctors and was released after a few hours. He sustained bruises on his right arm while the passenger in the double-cab was also taken to hospital. She confirmed that Jali’s car had been written off.

Mngomezulu said both drivers had blood tests to check for alcohol levels.

Jali, who recently signed for Oostende in Belgium, was part of the Bafana Bafana team that played against Brazil on Wednesday evening. He remained in the country to sort out his visa, but his father said he would be flying out tomorrow.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, a collision on the M19 left one dead and 10 people injured, nine seriously, at the Blair Atholl off-ramp. The accident involved several vehicles and a truck and KZN EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie said they had to use the “Jaws of Life” to extricate the patient.

On Friday night, a man died while two others were injured in an accident along Croomoor Drive in Chatsworth when the car veered off the road into a construction site.

A biker died and four others were injured after a bakkie and a motorbike collided along the R102 between Umhlali and Shaka’s Kraal on Saturday morning.

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