A former Orlando Pirates player has advised the club to offer the team’s captain Happy Jele a new contract as the 2018/19 season nears an end.
Jele is nearing the end of his contract with the Buccaneers, and as reported by the Siya crew, the 32-year-old player’s agent Jazzman Mahlakgane confirmed that there have been no concerns from their side regarding the future of the Pirates captain, despite no official talks having taken place as yet between the parties.
The veteran defender will be finishing his 13th year with the Buccaneers at the end of the season, having joined the club in 2006.
During the many years of his time with the Soweto giants, Jele has seen many players come and go, and one of them who had the opportunity of playing alongside him in the team's defence is Lizo Mjempu, who feels that the skipper should be given another contract extension.
“Happy is an easy-going kind of a person and he is also a great leader on the field. He is still a good listener despite his achievements and experience. He is a down to earth kind of a guy and is always willing to lend a helping hand when he has to. Happy is a great human being,” Mjempu told the Siya crew.
“As an ex-professional player and former teammate of Happy, if I were to get a chance to speak to the chairman about him (Jele), I would ask him to keep him playing. I would tell the chairman that that’s how I feel. I would ask the chairman to offer Happy a new three-year contract. Age is just a number and the guy is still going strong. As someone who sees him every now and again, he still looks good and strong. It’s just that here in South Africa there is this problem of judging players based on their age. I experienced that also and it affected me as I was forced into retirement. Once a player reaches the age of 30, people think that he is finished,” added the former left-back.