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Orlando Pirates legend says God led him there and not to Chiefs

Jele was almost a Kazer Chiefs player

Jele told Times Live he trained with Kaizer Chiefs while he was still playing for Walter Stars as a junior.

“I almost signed with Kaizer Chiefs. We changed on the last day and the manager of the club, Bobby Motaung, knows that,” Jele said.

“Every time I meet him [Bobby], he always reminds I was supposed to have signed with them. I always tell him he was too slow, but it is part of life and I think God led me to Orlando Pirates. That’s why I stayed there for such a long time,”  said the former Orlando Pirates captain.

“When I arrived at Chiefs I think the coach was Ernst Middendorp, if I am not mistaken. Things went well but Walter Mokoena felt it was not the right move for me. 

“He organised a game for us [Walter Stars] against Orlando Pirates, who were passing Mpumalanga on their way to play a Caf game in Eswatini. We played against Pirates and I pushed because I wanted to play in the PSL and they wanted to sign,” Jele told Times Live.

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Jele’s Orlando Pirates love affair almost didn’t happen

36-year-old Jele, the veteran right back with over 400 Orlando Pirates appearances under his belt, recently left Royal AM and has become a free agent. He was with the Buccaneers for 16 years, with whom he won six significant honours including a domestic treble in 2012.

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