JOHANNESBURG – Trophy-less for the last five seasons, Orlando Pirates’ captain Happy Jele is banking on the club’s new jersey to serve as motivation as they hope to redeem the glory days at the club.
Yesterday, the Sea Robbers unveiled their new jersey for the 2019/20 season, while the home jersey carried a lot of weight in the club’s rich history.
White and with vertical black stripes, Pirates’ new home jersey is designed identical to that of the winning class of 1995. That year, 24 years ago, the Buccaneers conquered the African safari, winning the coveted CAF Champions League as they added a star over the club’s badge.
However, they’ve since had their shortcomings in the Pan-African competition as the closest they could get to repeating that success was finishing in the semi-finals in 2006.
“It’s very nice and the fabric is quality,” Jele said. “It’s very light and comfortable when you are wearing it. I believe that when we wear it during the next season, it’s going to bring back the glory days of the club.”