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Buccaneers retain the services of their leader.

After a series of back and forth negotiations, Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele has finally signed a new contract with the club. Jele extended his stay with the Buccaneers with a further one year.

The Orlando Pirates skipper has enjoyed a remarkable career with the Soweto giants, which has spanned 16 years and included just over 400 appearances since joining them back in 2006. At 35 years old, Jele is often exposed to constant injuries which indicates that hanging up his boots might be an option to consider soon.

Pirates activated the option in his contract that it should run until 2023. Jele's contract was due to end in June of 2022 but the new deal keeps him at the club for atleast another year. His agent Jazzman Mahlakgane is the one who confirmed to reporters that his client penned down a new deal with the Sea Robbers.

Happy Jele feels comfortable at Pirates as he previously reiterated his desire to continue representing the club even in the closing stages of his playing career. Even at this stage, Jele still feel strong and is willing to go on to play for some few more years if possible.

His injuries might be the factor which will force him to think about calling it quits. In his absence, the Orlando Pirates back line struggles to maintain balance and discipline. Thulani Hlatshwayo as a known leader has struggled to settle in with the rest of the squad, a player who was expected to share the leadership role with Jele.

With Olisa Ndah rising to the occasion at the backline of Pirates, the club would worry a bit less when Jele is unavailable to play but they would still be missing a leader.

With the one year extension, Happy Jele is expected to be pairing with the Nigerian center back for Orlando Pirates.

Sources: The South African

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