The 19-year-old was the youngest member of South Africa’s side at the 2016 Olympic Games and even got the opportunity to play in their final group match against Iraq. The sides drew 1-1.
Now he must look to break into Muhsin Ertugral’s Pirates team, though he admitted he had not heard if the club were going to keep him or send him out on loan.
“Not yet, but I think and believe I will be kept at the club and I am capable of playing, it has been two months now with Under-20s and Under-23s … I didn’t go to the office. I didn’t get much information about my career going forward, so I believe I will get good news … I have just seen the 30 players selected for the 2016/17 season, I was part of the team, but I really need to show up on the field … if I am working hard I will be able to play.”
Malepe played alongside Mobara against Iraq and believes the two can work well at the Buccaneers.
“I do believe we can make a big difference,” said Malepe, who waxed lyrical about his chance to play at an Olympic games.
“I feel so happy, I appreciate it,” he said.
“It was a great experience, it was not easy for me as the youngest to come in for the last game and when we needed a win so thoroughly. I came in after (Erick) Mathoho’s injury and the coach thanked me a lot and said I did a good job.”