Jele lifting MTN trophy not an issue – Hlatshwayo

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Orlando Pirates defender Thulani Hlatshwayo insists he is open to the idea of seeing captain Happy Jele lift the MTN8 Trophy, if they win it, even if the latter is not part of the starting 11 against Bloemfontein Celtic.

Hlatshwayo has been deputising as skipper for Jele, who has only made four appearances in all competitions this season.

When asked during a media briefing on Wednesday if he would be happy to see Jele lift the trophy at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, the Bafana Bafana captain said it’s something that he would personally welcome.

“For me as the coach has mentioned and everyone knows that Happy Jele is the club captain and he is the one who leads us,” says Hlatshwayo.

“For me personally, I would allow and it would be okay it for me and him to lift the trophy. Being the captain of this team and the calibre of this team it’s an honour to captain such a big team. It’s close to my heart, it’s personal to me, it’s a team that I grew up supporting and having to captain them it’s always an honour to me,” he said.

The 30-year-old has also urged Bucs supporters to rally behind the team even though they won’t be able to watch the team live at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

“As much as with the covid-19 and everything they can’t be there to support us and be the 13th player. We would like to ask them to rally behind us through their TV screens and make sure that they pray for us and we will make sure that we deliver the trophy,” added Hlatshwayo.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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