Orlando Pirates defender Happy Jele confident he still has a lot to offer the club
Posted: 27 July 2018 Time: 19:30
Orlando Pirates defender Happy Jele feels his performances last season showed that he still has a lot to offer the Buccaneers.
The experienced campaigner missed most of the first half of the season with injury, but returned in the second round to help inspire the Soweto giants to a second-place finish in the Absa Premiership and CAF Champions League qualification.
Eleven of the 18 league appearances he made last term were in the second half of the season, and he featured twice in the Nedbank Cup.
Jele, who was honoured with the chairman’s award by Irvin Khoza recently for 12 years of service, captained the side and could be given the armband on a full-time basis, with Thabo Matlaba’s future at the club uncertain at the moment.
His experience will be vital in the coming campaign as the four-time PSL champions target a fifth title.
“I think I still need to put in more and more and work hard. I need to try learn more, because I still have the legs to do more for the team. I just hope I can be injury-free so that I can help the team challenge for trophies,” the 31-year-old tells KickOff.com.
“We want to see how things go at the beginning of the season and try to carry on from last season. The first five or six games will be very crucial for the team and then we will see what happens.”