U23 Olympic Team captain Tercious Repo Malepe will become the first ever South African footballer to participate in two consecutive Olympic Games, when he leads South Africa against Japan in the opening match of Tokyo 2020.
This match will take place tomorrow, July 22.
This is an accolade that not many footballers will ever achieve, with Brazilian’s Neymar being the only other male footballer to achieve this honour.
Malepe was part of the Rio 2016 Olympics and will bring his experience to the class of 2021, where he will be leading his side from the back.
He said he wishes to use this opportunity to bring hope and pride back to South Africans, who are currently facing some of the most difficult times.
Speaking to SAFA.net, Malepe emphasized the importance of being patriotic and protecting the image of one’s country.
“We footballers have the opportunity to lift the spirit of our motherland using football as a nation building tool. It is a huge honour for me to become the first ever South African footballer to represent my country in two Olympic Games. If we do well, this team can heal the country and showcase the good side of Mzansi,” said Malepe.
On his experience in Rio2016 and lessons learnt about playing in the Games, Malepe had this to say. “We didn’t have the greatest of matches in 2016, however we played against some of the best players in the world. This year we have a chance to go beyond the group stage and also show the world what we as South Africans can achieve.”
By FARPost Reporter