The former agent of Orlando Pirates defender Happy Jele has revealed how he intercepted the player on his way to join Kaizer Chiefs earlier in his career.
As Jele is set for his 16th season with Pirates, some might not be aware that the Middelburg-born player could have played for Bucs’ rivals at the beginning of his professional career.
On his way to professional football, Jele had secured a lifetime opportunity to go and train with Chiefs and was on his way to Naturena when he was intercepted by his former agent Walter Mokoena at Johannesburg Park Station and redirected him to Parktown to sign with the Buccaneers.
“What’s not told is that Jele was supposed to go to Chiefs. He was supposed to go to Chiefs but at the time the approach was not done correctly. Jele was involved in the Coca Cola Football Stars competition and players from there were made to pull names of the clubs that they were going to go to and train with and the name that came out for him was Chiefs,” Mokoena told the Siya crew.
“He was on his way to Chiefs, and I heard from one of the boys that Happy was on his way to Chiefs. I went to Park Station, and I intercepted him there. I took him straight from Park Station to Pirates offices at Parktown. He didn’t even know where we were going. I just told him that we were going, and they were waiting for him at Naturena, I think it was during (Ernst) Middendorp’s first stint with the club. There we were at Pirates, he was signed, five years, shake hands, boom. Micho (Milutin Sredojevic) was starting, and he was coaching with Teboho Moloi,” the television pundit confirmed.
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