Happy Jele Biography: Age, Career, Salary & Net Worth


Happy Jele (born 1 January 1987) is a South African association football retired player who played as a defender for Orlando Pirates FC in the South African Premier Division.

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Happy Jele Age

He was born on the 1st of January 1987 in Middelburg, South Africa. As of 2024, he is 37 years old and celebrates his birthday on January 1st every year.


When Orlando Pirates saw him, he was playing for Middelburg’s Walter Stars. In 2006, Happy Jele joined the team and has remained with the Bucs ever since.

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Happy’s dream is to leave an indelible mark on the team’s history. Outside of sports, the defender enjoys giving motivational speeches at schools and volunteering at a Middleburg nursing home. He also runs his own company to help him prepare for life beyond football.

Jele has won all domestic trophies with Orlando Pirates. His trophy cabinet includes two league titles, two Nedbank Cups, the Telkom Knockout, and three MTN8 winners’ medals and will definitely go down as a legend of the Mayfair-based club.

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Jele was a key figure in the Buccaneers’ historical double-treble winning squad. He also featured in two CAF inter-club finals for the Buccaneers, the CAF Champions League final in 2013 in which they lost to Al Ahly as well as the CAF Confederation Cup final in 2015 in which they lost to Etoile Du Sahel.

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Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $400,000 which he has earned as a professional footballer.


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