The retired winger explained what makes a magician a special player after reaching a milestone over the weekend.
Orlando Pirates legend Joseph Makhnia believes his former partner Happy Jail could reach up to 500 competitive appearances for the Sweeto Giants.
It comes after becoming the first player in Pirate history to make 400 appearances for the club as they claimed a 1-0 win over Seychelles FC in a PSL match on Saturday.
It took the veteran defender 16 years to break the Pirates’ record for most appearances (375) held by Nigerian legend keeper William Okpara and has since added to the list for the club.
After playing with the Pirates in prison between 2006 and 2011, Makhnia said discipline and dedication have been key to the defender’s longevity in the Houghton giants.
“The first time I met him, he was a very weak player and he has never changed,” said Makhniya. Sweeten.
“Very disciplined, he never wants to show off. I’m talking on and off the field, he’s dedicated. I was watching him when he came in and saw him grow into a pirate.”
Makhnia, the son of pirate legend Ernest Botsusso Makhnia, praised the 34-year-old prisoner as a true gentleman and professional athlete.
“I played with him for four or five seasons and I know what kind of person he is. I am still close to him and he is a true gentleman and a professional player,” he added.
“He’s doing very well. That’s what I like about him. He works hard in training and I don’t see anything stopping him from exhibiting more than 500 in the future.”
Known as the ‘Magents’, Jelle is one of the most decorated pirate players of the PSL era, having won eight major trophies with the team since joining the club in 2006.
Linky was a key member of the boxing team that won two PSL titles, two MTN8 trophies, the Ned Bank Cup and the Telecom Knockout Cup.
The Magents then helped the team lift the 2014 Nedbank Cup, before winning the 2020 MTN8 title.
He signed a new one-year deal with the Pirates last month, giving the club the option to extend it until 2023.