Happy Jele was ‘supposed to sign for Kaizer Chiefs’ in 2005
Posted: 26 October 2016 Time: 14:39
Orlando Pirates defender Happy Jele is celebrating 10 years at the club this year, but did you know he almost signed for Kaizer Chiefs in 2005?
Jele reveals in the latest edition of KICK OFF magazine that he could easily have been an Amakhosi player today rather than a Bucs legend, if his career had gone according to the initial plan.
“That is a tricky one!” he admits in Issue 475. “But let me be honest with you … yes, I thought I would be signed by Chiefs at that time, but things didn’t work out for me and Pirates came through for me…”
Read the full story of how Jele nearly signed for Chiefs in the new KICK OFF, on sale now, in which you could also win a pair of newly launched adidas X16.1 boots, signed by Happy Jele himself! Get the new KICK OFF to find out how to enter…
Meanwhile, Jele tells KickOff.com how Walter Mokoena helped him land a move to Pirates from Walter Stars a decade ago.
“Walter [Mokoena] was the team owner and was my manager at that time. He did a great job for me and I am very honoured to know him … and he’s been part of my life since then until now,” Jele says.
“We are still talking, he is my brother … I will say he is my brother because every time I need him he is there. I talk to him and get advice from him all the time. He was the one who was helping to get where I am today. I’m grateful and I’m blessed to know him.
“I would also like to thank Jazzman [Mahlakgane] for everything that he has done for me since taking over as my manager. He has been good to me all these years.”