Jele: A lot has changed

Pirates finished outside the top eight for the first time in the PSL era in arguably their worst season last term, which saw them having three different coaches at the helm – Muhsin Ertugral, caretaker Augusto Palacios and Kjell Jonevret.

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Together with assistant coach Rulani Mokwena, Micho has stressed the importance of playing for the badge this season, which is what players are doing according to Jele.

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While they have not always been consistent this season, the Buccaneers have performed much better than the previous campaign. They’ve lost only once at home and will be hoping to keep it that way as they look to get their hands on the Absa Premiership title.

“We just want to improve from last season. As you know we did not do well, so we are trying to improve from those games and to try have consistency,” the 31-year-old defender tells

“There’s a lot of things that we have been doing to make us improve in our game. He is trying to make the team gel and he is trying to make sure that we play for Orlando Pirates and not for ourselves. A lot has changed.”

The Buccaneers, who are in third place on 33 points, have a tricky match against Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday, a side coached by their former assistant Teboho Moloi.

It’s a game they have to win to make sure they keep up with leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

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