Orlando Pirates are expected to make a decision on the future of Happy Jele, as the season is nearing an end.
After more than a decade playing for Pirates, Jele has continued to play a leading role as role model and leader on the field for the Soweto giants again this season, with his 20 starts from 21 matches for the team proving that.
As reported in the latest Soccer Laduma, edition 112, the Buccaneers are expected to make a decision at the end of the season on the future of their captain, whose contract is nearing an end.
The defender’s contract with the Buccaneers is expected to expire on June 30 after the club extended his spell in August last year, this after his previous deal came to an end in 2018. The Soweto giants confirmed at the time that the 32-year-old had extended his stay.
The Buccaneers are believed to be keen on extending the defender’s spell by a further year, with a Siya source explaining that Bucs will make a decision in their own time. “Look, there is no rush into looking into Happy Jele’s contract situation. That’s how Pirates prefer to do things. They prefer to take their time. But they like the player and are happy with him. The player is happy at the club and that’s how things are,” said the source.
Jele’s agent, Jazzman Mahlakgane, confirmed that talks about a new contract are likely to be initiated towards the end of the season. “Pirates is happy with Happy Jele, so there are no issues there. It’s (contract talks) something that will be looked at towards the end of the season,” said Mahlakgane.
After missing his first league match of the season of the season through suspension against AmaZulu last weekend, Jele is expected to return for Bucs for this coming weekend’s match against Golden Arrows.