Pirates make decision on Jele

Premiership

Orlando Pirates have made a decision regarding the future of veteran and long-serving defender Happy Jele ahead of the 2021/22 season.

Jele is due to continue playing at Pirates for his sixteenth consecutive season, making him the longest-serving PSL player at one club since the day of his first team debut.

The 34-year-old has only ever played for Pirates since making his debut as a teenager against Maritzburg United on September 20, 2006, after arriving from amateur club Walter Stars.

He has already set a new record of starts (376) at the club, after finally surpassing Williams Okpara’s long-standing mark, with his legendary status sealed considering he has also helped the club win every domestic trophy during his stay.

His medals count at Pirates has two league titles, two Nedbank Cups, one Telkom Knockout and three MTN8 titles, along with runners-up medals for both the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.

Meanwhile, on the other side of Soweto, Itumeleng Khune has also touched new heights at Kaizer Chiefs.

Following the renewal of his contract on a two-year deal, the 34-year-old will now stay on for his 18th and 19th since he was promoted to the first team in 2004.

However, it will be his 15th consecutive season since he made his professional debut in August 2007 against Jomo Cosmos, despite having been part of the first team since 2004.

The 34-year-old has also long since engraved his name into legendary status at the club, winning it all as well on the local scene.

Having now started 347 games for Chiefs, he has Doctor Khumalo’s most starts record of 397 within sight.

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