Bucs hand captain Jele new deal


Orlando Pirates announced on Friday that captain Happy Jele has extended his stay at the club by signing a new deal.

Following the expiry of his contract at the end of the 2019/20 season, Jele has been rewarded with a contract extension for another season.

The 33-year-old, who is the longest-serving player at Pirates at the moment having joined the club back in 2006, revealed his desire to retire in Soweto.

“This is a place I called home since I joined as a 19-year old,” said Jele.

“The matter of the contract has never been an issue for me because this is home. I have a very good relationship with the chairman [Irvin Khoza], the door is always open for me. If ever I have issues, I can always go to him.”

Affectionately known as ‘Magents’, Jele played the second-most minutes played behind goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands during the 2019/20 season, a testament to his professionalism.

The defender will compete in his 14th season as a Pirates player when the 2020/21 campaign gets underway next month.

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By FARPost Reporter

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