Happy Jele, Marshall Munetsi helping Sihpumelele Mbulu into Orlando Pirates first team
Posted: 20 February 2018 Time: 11:28
Orlando Pirates duo Happy Jele and Marshall Munetsi have taken on mentoring roles to first team newcomer Siphumelele Mbulu.
Mbulu won promotion to the Bucs senior team last week following his impressive displays in the club's MultiChoice Diski Challenge and SAB League ranks.
The 19-year-old, who plays as a central midfielder, has relished his step-up to the first team and made special mention of Jele and Munetsi, who have helped him settle in, as well as Issa Sarr, who he has been modeling his game around.
"It has been good so far. Fortunately, before my formal promotion I was already training with the seniors, so I was starting to get used to it," comment Mbulu on his club's official website.
"I must admit, when I got the call to join them the first time I was terrified! They have an aura about them.
"Happy Jele was one of the first players to give me advice when I arrived and he still talks me through various aspects of my game.
"He plays behind me as a centre-back so he’s constantly in my ear. Even when I make mistakes, he doesn’t shout at me. He pulls me aside during the game or training or water break to give me tips.
"Marshall Munetsi also plays a big role because we are both young and play in the defensive-midfield together. He motivates me because he is playing in big games and doing well.
"We’ve become good friends and he is my housemate. We talk about the game a lot and I think I watch him and Issa Sarr more than any other player.
"Munetsi is a good guy and he understands what is happening with me. He was in the same situation not too long ago."