Pirates skipper pens new deal


Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele has signed a new contract with the Buccaneers that will see him continue to lead the team during the 2021/22 campaign.

Pirates have confirmed that veteran defender and club captain Jele (34) has penned a year-long contract extension that will run until the end of the upcoming season, with the Soweto giants retaining the option to extend his deal by a further year.

"Orlando Pirates Football Club is delighted to announce that captain Happy Jele has signed a new contract that will see him lead the team into the 2021/22 season," the club said in an official statement.

"Jele, who joined the Club in 2006, has been rewarded with a new contract that will keep him at the club until June 2022, with the club having an option to extend to 2023."

The Middleburg-born stalwart has spent his entire professional career with the Bucs and is closing in on the milestone of 400 appearances for the club, which would see him become the first player to achieve the milestone in the famous black and white strip in the PSL era.

"I am happy to have signed a new contract," Jele added. "As a player I believe I still have a lot more to give and achieve with this club."

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