Jele: Pirates competes for every cup

Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele is eager to get his hands on a piece of silverware and admitted that the MTN8 is there for the taking.

Pirates are into their sixth season since they last tasted glory in the form of a trophy, with expectations high following two solid campaigns of re-establishing themselves amongst the big guns in the PSL.

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It is safe to say they are now treading on steady ground following the disaster that was 2016/17, and Jele admits it is time to hit the ground running in the aim of picking up something tangible.

“Obviously we’re a big team – Orlando Pirates competes for every cup, so this one we just want to go out and compete and we’ll see where we finish,” said Jele.

“But our ambition is to go to the last game of the competition, which is the final of course, but the important part is to focus on the first game against Highlands Park.”

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The 32-year-old centre-back also admitted the major advantages that would come with getting the monkey off their back in the first available competition but remains wary of aiming too far ahead after last season’s disappointment at the first hurdle.

“Yeah, I think to get a silverware [early on] will serve as motivation for everyone in the team to do well in the season ahead, because this one is only four games to play,” he noted.

“So, we just have to focus on that and try to win it if we can but, like I said, the first thing is to focus on the first game because it’s very important.

“Last year we lost out to SuperSport United on penalties in the first round, so this year we want to proceed to the next game.”

Pirates first turn their attention to this weekend's encounter with Zambian side Green Eagles in their 2019/20 CAF Champions League opening clash away from home on Saturday.

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