Happy Jele admits Bucs need to improve but still hopes for redemption

Happy Jele admits Bucs need to improve but still hopes for redemption

- Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele opened up on the disappointment of this season

- Three different coaches have been at the helm this season and it's had an effect on the players

- Jele is optimistic about salvaging the season, but success in the Nedbank Cup will be tough as they face Bidvest Wits in the first round

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Orlando Pirates had high expectations going into this season, but it's quickly turned out to be one to forget.

Many expected former coach Milutin Sredojevic to take his team to the next level, but his sudden departure threw a spanner in the works.

Interim coach Rhulani Mokwena was then appointed to pick up the pieces, as previously reported by Briefly.co.za.

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Bucs captain Happy Jele admitted it's been a season to forget and touched on some of the challenges.

However, SowetanLIVE reported that Jele is still optimistic about salvaging the season by collecting silverware.

Jele said, "It's been difficult. We lost one of the coaches. The new coach came in and we have had to support him."

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A bitter pill to swallow for Pirates would be the success of runaway PSL log leaders Kaizer Chiefs.

Chiefs were ridiculed for their performances last season, but have been refreshed and recharged under coach Ernst Middendorp.

Jele is well aware that his team is no longer in the running for the Absa Premiership, but is targeting success in the Nedbank Cup.

The Pirates skipper added, "It's been a while since we got silverware in the cabinet. It's the last trophy available in the season."

Briefly.co.za gathered that cup success will not be easy with Bidvest Wits standing in their way.

Fans have become optimistic under new coach Josef Zinnbauer since his appointment, but he faces his toughest test against Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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