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Former Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele reveals he almost joined Kaizer Chiefs. Image: @OrlandoPirates/Twitter)

Orlando Pirates legend retires from football!

Will the Orlando Pirates legend venture into coaching or something else within football now that he has retired?

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Former Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele reveals he almost joined Kaizer Chiefs. Image: @OrlandoPirates/Twitter)

Orlando Pirates legend Happy Jele has confirmed heโ€™s retired from professional football at the age of 37!

Jele served the game with distinction for 17 years, 16 of which were with the Sea Robbers whom he signed with as a teenager in 2006.

The Mpumalanga-born star was made Pirates captain when Oupa Manyisa left the armband and the club for Mamelodi Sundowns.

Two seasons ago, Pirates announced Jeleโ€™s departure, and this was soon after Jose Riveiroโ€™s appointment as head coach.

And that took everyone by surprise given the influence Jele had on his Pirates teammates on and off the field over the years.

At the time, Pirates said Jele had been offered a non-playing position at the club but the now former defender wasnโ€™t ready to retire hence he joined Royal AM.

However, his stint with Royal AM was very short as he joined them in February and left at the end of that season in June.

Now, speaking to Karabo Phasha, Jele confirmed that he has stopped playing, and that he will officially announce his retirement soon.

ORLANDO PIRATES LEGEND HAPPY JELE CALLS IT QUITS

JELE HAD A DECORATED FOOTBALL CAREER

Jele retires having had a decorated football career, especially with Pirates whom he won EIGHT major trophies with.

They include two league titles, two MTN8 titles, two Nedbank Cup titles and two Telkom Knockout Cup titles.

Jele also lost a few Cup finals in his illustrious career, included the CAF Champions League in 2013 and the CAF Confederation Cup in 2015 and 2022.

He was also a full Bafana Bafana international although he may consider his international career a failure after managing just two caps.