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Fans Pay Tribute To Happy Jele

Happy Jele's career at Orlando Pirates was celebrated on the timeline after it was announced that the veteran defender will be leaving the Buccaneers after almost two decades. 

Have a look at how the fans reacted to Jele's unexpected departure... 

What's the story? 

Happy Jele over 400 appearances in a space of 16 years for one club, which is more than enough to be regarded as a legend.

The fans that paid tribute to Jele not only appreciated his loyalty but also the selfless acts like when he filled in as a goalkeeper against Bidvest Wits in 2017. 

Words like 'warrior', 'leader' and 'legend' were used to describe Magents. 

Here are the best bits from the Happy Jele tributes on the timeline: 

Twitter reactions 

Twitter user @Lolo_Duiker said: 

"One of the best players in my time to ever wear this shirt thank you Happy Jele for everything I am grateful." 

Twitter user @makwande_m thanked Jele for putting his team first: 

"Thank you for always putting the Orlando Pirates badge 1st skipper. Sithi salute." 

Scroll through the gallery to view pics of Happy Jele's time at Pirates

Twitter user @TiyiBevhula appreciated Magents' longevity: 

"It is sad to see Happy Jele leaves Orlando Pirates after being loyal for so long and serving the team with integrity and commitment."

Twitter user @ChrisSentsomedi said Jele is more than just an Orlando Pirates legend: 

"Happy Jele is a Club and football Legend who represented Orlando Pirates with Passion and wore the famous Black and white Jersey with Pride. You don't have to be Orlando Pirates to love and appreciate him. What a Legend."

Happy Jele's goodbye message

In a lengthy message posted on his Instagram, Happy Jele thanks the Orlando Pirates fans for their support and Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza for bringing him to the club as a teenager.

Jele echoed the sentiments of many fans on the timeline when he said: 

"I am proud to have represented the Ghost with dedication, loyalty and humility and I hope I didn’t disappoint."

Have your say on Happy Jele's time at Orlando Pirates...

Jele's Heartfelt Message To Pirates' Chairman and Fans 

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