Happy Jele

Orlando Pirates stalwart Happy Jele. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

LATEST: Pirates fans will be ‘Happy’ about Jele contract news

Orlando Pirates are reported to have retained the services of veteran defender Happy Jele through to June next year.

Happy Jele

Orlando Pirates stalwart Happy Jele. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Jele signed a one-year contract extension with Pirates at the end of the previous season, but that deal was set to expire at the end of June 2022. 

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The Pirates leader has enjoyed a remarkable career with the Buccaneers, which has spanned 16 years and included over 400 appearances since 2006.

Although the 35-year-old has endured his struggles with injury as he enters what’s expected to the be twilight period of his career, GOAL.com have now reported that Pirates have opted to activate a key option in his contract to extend to June, 2023.

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“Yes, the option in his contract has been taken up by the club,” his agent, Jazzman Mahlakgane, confirmed to GOAL.

Jele’s loyalty appears to have been rewarded

Previously, sources speaking to The Citizen had reiterated Jele’s desire to stay on at the club. 

“He still feels very strong and can go on to play for some years even though he is 35 years old now. The sad part about this whole situation is that it is not entirely up to him, there are many people involved and the future of the club has to be considered as well. He has played a number of games and he did quite well even though he got injured at some point. But the arrival of Ndah (Olisa) has made things difficult for Jele because the club has a young and quality centre-back they can rely on just as it was with Jele when he was younger. Anyway, he is the longest serving player in the current squad and maybe another extension might just be his reward from the club,” a source was quoted as saying.

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