- Thulani Hlatshwayo and Happy Jele are fierce competitors on the field but good friends off the pitch
- Hlatshwayo has nothing but good things to say about Jele
- He heaped praise of the Orlando Pirates captain
Thulani Hlatshwayo, captain of Bidwest Wits, praised his counterpart in the Orlando Pirates, Happy Jele.
The Bafana captain is rumoured to be moving to Buccaneers as they look for a skilled player to fit into the defence.
Briedly.co.za learned that the two players are fierce competitors on the field by off the field they are close friends.
"It was a bit nerve-wracking to meet with him, but I got to like him," Hlatshwayo told Far Post.
"He is driven by family and our wives and kids know each other, so we've become good family friends. We speak quite often over the phone. He is a family man and a very loyal man. He is a genuine leader.
"He can adjust to any setting or conversation. He makes everyone comfortable around him. We have the same personality as we're both introverts.
"Discipline, loyalty and consistency has kept him in the game for so long. I want him to win his first trophy as captain."
According to Sport24 Hlatshwayo complimented Jele on how he returned to sport after suffering a serious injury.
"Looking at how bad the injury was and to be able to play as if nothing ever happened, he took rehab seriously. It shows determination," he concluded.
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