Happy Jele won't promise Pirates fans club will win silverware this season
Posted: 22 July 2016 Time: 19:16
Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele says pre-season preparations under new coach Muhsin Ertugral are going well in Potchefstroom, but has added that success in the coming season cannot be guaranteed.
Expectation among fans is high after a barren campaign last season brought two cup finals, but no silverware to Mayfair.
With Pirates set to celebrate their 80-year anniversary in 2017, the club is also seeking a route back into African club competition the following year.
But Jele has cautioned that a quality squad and a quality coach is still no guarantee of success in the tough Premier Soccer League.
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"Everything has been going great so far, we all know Muhsin is a good coach, but that doesn't mean things will be easy for us next season,” Jele told Kickoff.com.
“As a player you can't go around saying we are planning to win this cup and that cup because people will remind you when it doesn't happen, saying, ‘in the media you promised to win us this and that’.
"All I'm saying to our fans is that they must continue giving us the same support as they've been giving us all along. I can't promise anything except the hard work that we are going to put in, because football is unpredictable."
Asked if he thinks having a former Kaizer Chiefs coach in the dug-out for the Carling Black Label Champion Cup will give his side an advantage, Jele felt it would have no real effect: "There's no such thing as an obvious advantage in football, football is unpredictable."
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Jele also refused to comment on what impact will the possible departure of star players Lehlohonolo Majoro and Sifiso Myeni will have at the club.
"I can't talk about other people, you know me, I don't like to discuss about other people," he said.