Cape Town – Orlando Pirates skipper Happy Jele is determined to win the Nedbank Cup in order to make up for the disappointment of losing to Baroka in the Telkom Knockout final.
The Buccaneers were favourites to lift the TKO trophy for the first time since 2011, but they went down 3-2 on penalties to Bakgaga after a 2-2 draw at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.
The Nedbank Cup draw took place on Thursday, and Milutin Sredojevic’s side have been paired with Black Leopards in the round of 32, which kicks off next month with dates, times and venues still to be announced.
Jele, who won the title with Pirates in 2011 and 2014, is aiming to go all the way again this season as a token of his gratitude to the club’s fervent supporters.
“It is a good draw because we are playing against a team that we know,” the 31-year-old defender told Pirates TV.
“We still need to do our homework as we are playing in the same league. We want to be competitive in this competition in order to advance to the next round.
“We will face them in the next three or four weeks and we have to go all out and try to win it. We have to represent the team well and show our appreciation to the supporters by winning this trophy.”