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Veteran defender Happy Jele wants to end his career with Orlando Pirates

Posted: 18 February 2018 Time: 13:00

Happy Jele does not know what the future holds, but says it would be great to end his career with Orlando Pirates. 

The 31-year-old defender arrived at Pirates as a 19-year-old back in 2006 and has enjoyed great success, including being a key member of the 'double treble' winning side.

Now heading towards the end of his career, Jele knows that going forward he may not feature in the starting line-up as much as he used to. This season, due mostly to injury, Jele has made just eight appearances in all competitions for the Soweto giants.

Pirates have relied on Gladwin Shitolo and Ntsikelelo Nyauza in central defence this season and they have done a good job. Coach Micho Sredojevic, however, has recently found space for Jele at the back in the last three matches, and the defender wants to make sure he grabs his chance to show that he still has a lot to offer.

“Firstly I started playing for Pirates at a young age,” the Mpumalanga-born defender tells KickOff.com.

“They have been my family and if it happens that I finish my career with Orlando Pirates, then it would be great.

“But it’s for the team to decide, but I am loving it and I enjoy playing for Orlando Pirates. So we will see what happens.”

Pirates, meanwhile, will be back in action when they take on Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in the Absa Premiership next Sunday. The Buccaneers are in second place on the standings, five points behind league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, and know that they cannot afford to drop points if they want to get their hands on the coveted title.

Jele will be hoping to get another run in the starting line-up against the Chilli Boys.

Article by: Tshepang Mailwane
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