Royal AM Deal for Happy Jele Expected to Finally Happen After His Orlando Pirates Departure
- Former Orlando Pirates captain and defender Happy Jele's expected move to Royal AM might just be back on
- Jele had been linked with Thwihli Thwahla following his departure from the Buccaneers after a legendary 16-year stay
- He was expected to join the Durban side ahead of the 2022/23 DStv Premiership season, but this move is yet to materialise
Happy Jele might just join Royal AM after all.
The legendary former Orlando Pirates defender and captain surprisingly left the club at the end of last season, and had been credibly linked to Thwihli Thwahla. This move was expected to happen during the off-season, but is yet to happen.
The Daily Sun has since reported that Jele is Durban-bound, with a 'mole' in the club reportedly telling the publication:
"Jele is joining the club. [Owner Shauwn Mkhize] MaMkhize has told the players that the number 4 jersey is meant for Jele."
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Royal AM is looking to stock up on positions ahead of their inaugural CAF Confederations debut, which will doubtlessly stretch the squad thin at points during the campaign. SowetanLIVE reported that the club identified Jele as the perfect addition to this squad, considering his experience on the African continent.
He was on the losing side in the 2013 CAF Champions League against Al Ahly, the 2015 Confederations Cup final against Etoile du Sahel and in June against RS Berkane. Should he join Thwihli Thwihli, it will be something of a full circle for him, as he made his professional debut for the Buccaneers at the team's home stadium in 2006 against Maritzburg United.
Orlando Pirates legend Jerry Skhosana blames politics and misconduct for Gabadinho Mhango's exit
Jerry Skhosana has had his say on Gabadinho Mhango's controversial departure from Orlando Pirates.
As reported by Sports Brief, Mhango was not a favourite of the current assistant coach Mandla Ncikazi and former co-coach Fadlu Davids, who decided to bench him, to much debate about its merits.
Mhango was on the scoresheet as Amazulu defeated SuperSport United 2-1 in a DStv Premiership match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.