Happy Jele Breaks Silence After Orlando Pirates Exit. Although Happy Jele has struggled with injuries as he neared the conclusion of his career, it was recently speculated that the Pirates may exercise a key option in his contract to extend his contract until June 2023.
However, it has now been discovered that, while Jele wished for this option to be chosen, the Buccaneers plainly considered that only a non-playing role would suit the club at this time.
According to a statement, Jele was invited to seriously consider a non-playing role following extensive conversations, but the former captain insisted on continuing to play “beyond the 2021/2022 season.”
Jele has now said goodbye after the Pirates ultimately came to the conclusion that they couldn’t accept continuous participation in the playing team. The Pirates’ captain had a phenomenal 16-year run with the Buccaneers, making more than 400 games since 2006.
He recently made the following statement to express his opinions on the decision:
“Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Chairman of Orlando Pirates FC Dr Irvin Khoza for bringing me to this massive team when I was just a teenager starting out in my football career 16 years ago,” he said.
“I am proud to have represented the Ghost with dedication, loyalty and humility and I hope I didn’t disappoint.
“To Bucs staff, all the different technical staff I have worked under for the past 16 years, Club management, supporters and my management company Professionals from which my career is managed, I would like to sincerely thank all of you for being part of my journey and guiding me in my football life.
“When the chairman invited me to his office to offer me a non-playing position I was humbled but at the same time shocked as I personally wasn’t ready to take off the badge as yet.
“Yes I was offered an opportunity in non-playing staff and I gracefully expressed my desire to play for another season or two before I hang up my boots.
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