The representative of Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele has provided an update on the future of the veteran defender.
Jele will see his current contract with the Soweto giants expire at the end of the month, and there have been concerns about his future with the club that he has served with distinction for years.
While some fans have been concerned about the player’s limited game-time in the 2020/21 season and have predicted that he might have been in his last year as their player, the Siya crew has learnt that another one-year deal has been bandied about for the Middelburg-born player with a view of keeping him in the team for next season.
In Pirates’ last match of the season against Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, Jele set a new record for the most starts at the club by any player with his 376th start, surpassing legendary goalkeeper Williams Okpara’s record of 375 appearances.
Speaking to the Siya crew, Jele’s agent Jazzman Mahlakgane confirmed that the 34-year-old will not be hanging up his boots as some have predicted.
“Orlando Pirates and Happy Jele’s fans should rest and know that their captain is not going anywhere. He is safe and that’s all I can tell you. I think the important message to send out there is that Happy is not retiring and that’s to end all the speculation that has been created,” confirmed Mahlakgane.
Jele made 13 league starts under Josef Zinnbauer this past season after being disrupted in his progress by injuries.
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