Meanwhile, Bafana Bafana internationally explained how important it is to have a player like Magents in the Bucs team
Former Orlando Pirates defender Siyabonga Sangweni has praised the club’s decision to give Happy Jele a new contract.
The experienced defender recently signed a one-year deal with the Buccaneers, with the option for an extra season, as his previous contract expired at the end of June this year.
Jele, who has been in the Pirates’ books since 2006, is one of the oldest players in the current group at the age of 34 and will turn 35 in the middle of the 2021/22 campaign.
After playing with Jele at Pirates between 2011 and 2016, Sangweni stressed the importance of the veteran defender in the team.
“I applaud Pirates for being happy. “The people who say he’s done do not know what they are talking about,” Sangweni said. Soviet.
“He is still an important player, not only for the motivation of young people, but also on the field.
Jele is one of the most decorated Pirates players in the PSL era who has won eight major trophies with the club, including two league titles and three MTN8 trophies.
Sangweni feels that the experience of the former Bafana Bafana international will be important for the team as they want to take on a serious challenge for the PSL title in the upcoming campaign.
“I played with Happy. I know how committed he is to his career. His experience will be essential for the club this season, “the former Lamontville Golden Arrows full-back added.
“His advantage is that he also plays on the fullback, so you can not say that he no longer has a role.”
The man nicknamed Magents worked as a right winger after joining Walter Stars’ Pirates 25 years ago, before being turned into a midfielder due to his height.
Jele is also the only member to have survived the history of the Pirates’ double-drop team, which dominated South African football between 2010 and 2012.
His experience in continental competitions will again be essential for the Buccaneers as the team will compete in the Caf Confederation Cup after finishing third in the PSL.
Magents helped the giants of Soweto reach the final of the Caf Champions League and Caf Confederation Cup in 2015.