Absa Premiership

Micho 'proud' of Happy Jele's Bucs influence

2018-03-02 12:45
Happy Jele (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic has praised the longevity and impact of experienced defender Happy Jele in his over decade long career at the club. 

Sredojevic was with the team in 2006 when Jele first came into the ranks as a teenager and he remains an integral part of the squad even as he approaches the latter stages of his career.

As such, Sredojevic rates the 31-year-old highly and believes the veteran can have an influence in Saturday's Soweto derby against Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium.

He said: "This is the beauty of coaching that in front of us...how to unlock their legs, and this is a very important aspect. As an extended hand of coaching, there are senior players that have passed so many hurdles.

"Here's the player (Jele) that in 2006 I gave the first chance and now he’s still around and is the captain. I’m very proud of him. 

"He and the likes are the players that need extended time with the coach on the field of play to unlock their legs so that we as a team we go to the storm or the game in a right way."

Kick-off is at 15:30.


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