Orlando Pirates could make an about-turn on parting ways with Happy Jele, according to SunSport informants.
It's understand that the club are however not ready to lose such a big asset in South African football.
"They'd like to keep him in another role at the club. He has been good with the players and his leadership qualities are appreciated by all. In fact, they might give him a contract in management, but that can only be decided by the chairman (Irvin Khoza)," said a source inside the club.
Pirates announced a week ago that they will be parting ways with Jele whose contract is due next week.
"Pirates are negotiating with him so that they can give him another role at the club and management are divided about Jele’s decision," he said.
The Middelburg-born defender signed a one-year contract extension with an option at the end of the previous season.
The 35-year-old defender joined Pirates from amateur club Walter Stars and has only ever played for the Buccaneers since making his debut against Maritzburg United on 20 September 2006.
Jele is seen as one of the top Mzansi defenders and has produced an unbelievably prolific caree.