It's fair to say that for about two or three seasons now Happy Jele has not quite been at the level that he once was before
But then again that is also down to age rather than quality as Happy Jele is not as quick as he used to be
That in turn has forced Orlando Pirates to look for potential defensive reinforcements considering the slow decline of Happy Jele as a player
But last season Thulani Hlatshwayo himself had a nightmare of a first season at Orlando Pirates and was extremely criticized by the club's supporters neutral supporters and rival supporters
Recently Happy Jele reached a milestone this as he has now played 400 games for Orlando Pirates with a club legend in Joseph Makhanya backing his former teammate to make it 500 matches according to and courtesy of reports from Goal.com
"I played with him for four or five seasons and I know what type of human being he is. I'm still close to him even now and he is a true gentleman and a professional player,"
"He is doing very well. That's what I like about him. He works very hard at training and I don't see anything stopping him from making more than 500 appearances in the future,"
Regardless of the fact that Joseph Makhanya might seem wide off the mark but Happy Jele can take inspiration from legendary defenders in football such as John Terry & Paulo Maldini who have all played more than 500 matches for AC Milan & Chelsea
Source - https://www.goal.com/en-za/news/orlando-pirates-jele-might-play-more-than-500-buccaneers-matches-/1rb50b09r1qbp1wulu67ojid4t
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