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Happy Jele makes honest admission about current Pirates team 

Former Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele has given an honest admission about the Buccaneers’ current squad ahead of the DStv Premiership second round.

Jele, who left the Soweto giants after 16 years of marriage, further shared his thoughts on what the club need to fix as the league is expected to resume following the conclusion of the 2023 CAF AFCON tournament held in Ivory Coast. 

The Sea Robbers brought in new recruits to strengthen the team in the January transfer window period.

Three weeks ago, Pirates confirmed the arrival of two new signings, Thalenthe Mbatha and Thabiso Lebitso, from SuperSport United and Chippa United, respectively.

The side also decided to bring back striker Tshegofatso Mabasa, who was on a loan at Moroka Swallows.

Tšhegofatso Mabasa and new Orlando Pirates recruit Thabiso Lebitso.
Tšhegofatso Mabasa and new Orlando Pirates recruit Thabiso Lebitso


In an interview with FARPost, the ex-Pirates defender was quizzed about his former club’s squad capabilities of challenging for top honours as the DStv Premiership resumption looms large.  

“I think so far so good. They have been playing so well, but the only that they need to work on is being more consistent. That’s all that’s needed,” said Jele. 

“I feel like they have been creating a lot of chances. It’s just that sometimes they have been unlucky. But I feel they have been doing great. 

“I’m hoping that when the league resumes, they are going to continue the way they started off the season, but just need to be consistent.”


The 37-year-old centre-back went on to reveal what differentiates Mamelodi Sundowns from Pirates thus far. 

“I would say it’s more of consistency, like I said. What’s missing at Pirates is consistency,” he added. 

“So, Sundowns has got that consistent of almost winning every game, and Pirates, on the other side, is lacking that consistency. 

“But they [Pirates] have been doing great, and I can see improvement in each game that they have played. If they can work on consistency, they will be fine, but it’s part of football, you know.”

So far, Pirates are placed fifth on the log standings with 25 points from 16 outings.

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