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Pirates Defender: We Are Counting On Our Experience

Orlando Pirates Veteran Happy Jele Counting On Derby Experience

By Soccer Laduma - Feb 28, 2018 03:21 PM

Orlando Pirates veteran defender has said that Pirates will be banking on their experience to edge rivals Kaizer Chiefs in Saturday’s Soweto derby. 

Read: What Chiefs Can Expect From Pirates Ahead Of Soweto Derby

The 31-year-old is currently the Bucs longest serving player and has featured in more derbies than his teammates. Speaking to the Siya crew, Jele noted that experience could be the differentiating factor between the two Soweto giants on Saturday.

“Form never really plays a big factor in Soweto derbies,” Jele said. 

“What counts is the experience. We will be counting on our experience to edge Chiefs. What works in our favour is the fact that we have more experienced players in our team who have played in derbies before. 

“Players such as Mpho Makola, Issa Sarr, Thabo Matlaba and I have experience in derbies and the experience will be invaluable come Saturday,” he added. 

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“I believe we have more derby experienced players heading (in)to this derby. I know that they will be counting on players such as Itumeleng Khune and Bernard Parker but I think we will have the edge. 

“We also have experienced (players) such as Thamsanqa Gabuza and even though they’ve never played in Soweto derby before, guys like Musa Nyatama and Thamsanqa Sangweni have vast PSL experience which will count in our favour,” concluded the defender.

Since joining Pirates in 2006 Jele has more than 136 league appearances for the Buccaneers.  


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slivo ledimo Joined: 11 Sep 2016
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slivo ledimo Mar 04, 2018 12:26 PM
My advise to Micho nd Rulani.please give that post to Benson Mhlongo.cos of continuity.we want continuity at our beloved Bucselonia.cos already Mhlongo is part of our moving ship of Captain Micho together with stuart Rulani.as for Palacious.we highly recomend da job you have been doing by promoting those young leds.keep them coming.Up the Bucs
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DopeZN Joined: 22 Jan 2014
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DopeZN Mar 01, 2018 02:21 PM
I hope Jele starts the match.
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khezwana73 Feb 28, 2018 05:46 PM
Jele is the weakest link in rats' defence! Chiefs will give these rats a hiding. Solitary goal will be enough for Chiefs to reclaim the glory.
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indidane Feb 28, 2018 05:28 PM
This game was decided l0ng ag0 ... C0ws can run ar0und talking , but we all kn0w that , Each c0w 'll g0 h0me with 1 p0int.
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The haunter Joined: 10 Jun 2015
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The haunter Feb 28, 2018 04:18 PM
Orlando Pirates football club is a very powerful team
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bucshooligan 1 Joined: 04 Apr 2016
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bucshooligan 1 Feb 28, 2018 04:17 PM
We don't need old crooks with experience, we need new blood to revive the Derby
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SL_hated_donkey Feb 28, 2018 04:00 PM
Jele is another version of Mathoho. These cows are lucky to be playing in PSL.
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Mico & rhulani Feb 28, 2018 03:45 PM
So jele believes in gabuza and sangweni
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mosekaphofu maggosim Feb 28, 2018 03:44 PM
@drug addict wash & wear ... Kikkkkkk! Madoda!! Wena gape!
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mosekaphofu maggosim Feb 28, 2018 03:42 PM
Ai if you mention Gabuza my food got stuck in my throat for a while
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majenz Feb 28, 2018 03:40 PM
Truly speaking, I don't trust u Mr Jele.u are one of those Cows who got 6 mabone twice,u should follow Gcaba,Rakhale and others to small teams coz clearly ur not reliable
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Bongz4bucs.. Feb 28, 2018 03:35 PM
I don't bealive in experience I bealive in hard work n tallent. ..Jele don't u dare let's us down
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drug addict wash & wear Feb 28, 2018 03:30 PM
i know that @wash & wear will come and take over here with his senseless comments
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drug addict wash & wear Feb 28, 2018 03:28 PM
jele please man don't disappoint us bucs fans

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