Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Tercious Malepe has opened up on his exit from the club, ten years after joining their youth structures, as he plots his next move.
The former SA youth international has been part of the Pirates youth set-up since 2010 and was promoted to the senior team back in 2015, as a future prospect for the club.
However, the 23-year-old hardly got a look in with the Bucs senior team and spent four seasons on loan at Moroka Swallows, Ajax Cape Town and Chippa United.
With his most recent Chilli Boys loan stint coming to an end after the 2019/20 season, Malepe was then placed on a list of eight players who were released by Pirates.
Despite this, Malepe has revealed to the Siya crew that he has no qualms about his time with the Soweto giants.
“I’ve been with the club for almost a decade, I’ve grown up there, but I think it is time for me to face another challenge. You cannot be loaned out for five seasons in a row, so for me I wanted to be released by the club and I asked the Chairman to do so. I’m grateful to the Orlando Pirates family for everything they have done for me and the experienced I’ve gained with them. It is a very big team with quality players, so for me to say I was once an Orlando Pirates player is important,” Malepe said.
With Malepe now a free agent, he is eligible to sign with any team of his choice.
The player has confirmed to the Siya crew that he has put pen to paper with FK Minaj in Ukraine, a challenge he is embracing with open arms.
“The new chapter is a very challenging one, of course; however, it is a challenge that I am willing to take. It’s the same thing, you have to grind for your position and wait for your chance if you have to. I’m willing to take this challenge as part of me growing as a player,” Malepe concluded.
Malepe was among eight players released by Pirates. View the other Bucs exits below: