Orlando Pirates Legend Happy Jele Is Considering a Return to the Soweto Club

Orlando Pirates Legend Happy Jele Is Considering a Return to the Soweto Club

  • Former Orlando Pirates skipper Happy Jele says he has an offer to return to the Bucs after leaving them two years ago
  • The 37-year-old has been without a club since leaving Royal AM last year and is always welcome at José Riveiro's side
  • Bucs fans are keen to welcome the legend back to the club where he spent 16 years as a midfield star
Legendary Orlando Pirates player Happy Jele has an offer to help José Riveiro.
Orlando Pirates coach José Riveiro could welcome Happy Jele to his coaching staff. Image: Orlando Pirates Football Club @ Facebook
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Orlando Pirates legend Happy Jele, who has over 400 appearances for the club, is considering returning to the club in a mentorship role.

Jele has been without a club since his short stint at Royal AM, and the Bucs are keen to welcome him back to the club where he played for 16 years.

The door is always open for Happy Jele

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Jele is thinking about returning to Orlando Pirates, as confirmed in the tweet below:

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In 2024 when he left Pirates, Jele told YouTube channel PrimeSportsWithMahlatse that the club offered him a non-playing role, but he was not ready to retire.

A Soccer Laduma source confirmed there is interest from Pirates for Jele, but they did not state the exact role the former skipper has been offered.

The source said:

“Happy is a Pirates legend and he made so much history with the club. Pirates is like a home to him and the door will always be open."

If Jele accepts a non-playing role, he will most likely join José Riveiro's coaching staff while the coach has called for more resolve from his players.

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Riveiro has been backed by former Pirates midfielder Teko Modise, and having a legend such as Jele on his squad could help him motivate the squad.

Fans want Jele back at the club

Bucs fans still have fond memories of Jele during his playing career, and their mouths are watering at the prospect of him making a return.

Bongani Mgubela said Jele should never have left:

"He should've taken that option immediately because it was already clear he was past his sell-by date. But he became stubborn and insisted that he still wanted to play as if he wanted to prove a point. However, he's still welcome because Pirates is home."

Anele Ntlanga Hliso loves Jele:

"We love him and hope our chairman will welcome him back."

Thamsanqa Bashise wants Jele to come back:

"Come back, my captain, to lead our players off the field and teach them how you managed to break into the starting 11."

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MC Dlamini looks forward to the homecoming:

"He belongs to Pirates."

Andile Matlaba Qoza says Jele is part of the club's DNA:

"Once a Pirate, always a Pirate."

Former Orlando Pirates winger Luvuyo Mamela said he felt under-appreciated

As reported by Briefly News, winger Luvuyo Mamela said he felt undervalued at the club after a contract dispute led to his exit.

The current TS Galaxy player was a popular figure at the club and says he still has love for the Bucs despite the dispute.

Source: Briefly News

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