Monare eager to beat good friend Jali in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals
Thabang Monare admits he would love to get one over his friend Andile Jali when Bidvest Wits clash with Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals.
Monare and Jali are likely to square off in midfield on Saturday night at Orlando Stadium when the two sides resume their 2019/20 seasons.
The Clever Boys midfielder has never beaten Jali's Sundowns side and he is determined to finally have the bragging rights.
"Yes‚ we are very close friends and our rivalry on the field is healthy," Monare told SowetanLIVE.
"It helps us to push each other so that we can be the best that we can be. We see it as part of pushing each other to the limits and competing against each other because of the position we play‚ we can't avoid each other on the field."
He continued: "Last time he called me out on social media and it got the attention of football fans.
"It was the first time he took our little personal attacks on WhatsApp to the public. We always chatted on our WhatsApp group which includes other good friends Aubrey Ngoma and Lehlohonolo Majoro.
"It is a funny group and before matches they will be telling us how they are going to smash us and we will be doing the same."
Monare knows it will be tough because Jali will not want to lose against him either.
"We haven’t really discussed the game but deep down we do know that we will be coming against each other. There is always that talk about us whenever Sundowns plays against Wits and this time is no different‚" he added.
"I know that he (Jali) wants to win and I also want to win. I have not won against him and I am dying to beat him because he will never hear the end of it.
"It is the same with him when Sundowns have beaten us‚ he talks about it a lot to try to get to me. That is also part of the motivation and he will not hear the end of it if we win on Saturday."