Bafana’s recent qualification to the Africa Cup of Nations marked a turning point for the country’s football, having failed to make it to a major event since 2015.
South African football fans at large have since celebrated the feat, with several players also congratulating their colleagues for overseeing the job out in Tunisia on Sunday.
Jele, who has experienced the national team as well as the continental pressures before, has since shared a message for Stuart Baxter and the rest of the team.
“I’d start by saying congrats to the team, they did us proud there in Tunisia. Each and every one was working hard for us to qualify, and they did well,” said Jele.
“From now on, the coach will know what they need to do in order to prepare for AFCON, because it’s going to be difficult there in Egypt.
“Everyone will need to show up, and the players that get selected there will need to step up, because they saw what it’s like in the qualification campaign.
“Obviously, they need to go and push more so that we end in a good position in the competition.”