Pirates confirm contract extension


Orlando Pirates have announced that long-serving defender and captain Happy Jele has put pen to paper on a new deal with the club.

Pirates on Friday confirmed that Jele will remain with the club for the 2020/21 season after signing a new one-year extension.

The 33-year-old centre-back will now continue at the Soweto giants beyond his 34th birthday, stretching his stay with the club to over 14 years.

"Orlando Pirates Football Club can confirm that Happy Jele has signed on the dotted line to extend his stay on board the Buccaneers ship," read a club statement.

"The captain has been rewarded with a contract extension for another season."

He joined Pirates as a 19-year-old back in 2006, and is part of an elite list of stars that have only represented one club in their careers.

"This is a place I called home since I joined as a 19-year old. The matter of the contract has never been an issue for me because this is home," Jele reacted on the Pirates' website.

"I have a very good relationship with the Chairman, the door is always open for me. If ever I have issues, I can always go to him.”

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