Jele Lauded For Bucs Progress Amid Contract Talks
Experienced Orlando Pirates Defender Lauded
Happy ‘Magents’ Jele has been lauded for the progress he has made at Orlando Pirates, since his arrival at the club over a decade ago.
From Bucs’ current squad, Jele is the only player that was with the team when Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic was with the club during his first stint as the coach of the Soweto giants.
It was under the Serbian coach that the defender got his chance for his first season in the PSL as a young player.
Jele has been with Pirates since 2006, which is the same year that Sredojevic joined the club. The coach’s first spell with Bucs was a stint from June 2006 to January 2007. The 48-year-old is impressed with the progress made by Jele over the years.
“This is the beauty of coaching that in front of us… how to unlock their legs, and this is a very important aspect,” said the Serbian tactician in an Absa Premiership Soweto Derby press conference on Wednesday.
“As an extended hand of coaching, there are senior players that have passed so many hurdles. Here’s the player (Jele) that in 2006 I gave the first chance and now he’s still around and is the captain. I’m very proud of him. He and the likes are the players that need extended time with the coach on the field of play to unlock their legs so that we as a team we go to the storm or the game in a right way,” said the coach.
As reported in edition 1062 of Soccer Laduma, Bucs have an option on Jele’s contract, as confirmed by the 31-year-old defender’s business manager, Jazzman Mahlakgane.
Going into this weekend’s match, Jele will be expected to continue with his impressive performances, and to play an important role in helping Pirates win against Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on Saturday.