Gumede spent his debut professional season on loan at Sivutsa Stars in the First Division, but was recalled by Pirates recently.
The Under-20 captain led Amajita to third place at the 8-Nation International Tournament, scoring the decisive penalty in the shoot-out against Japan that handed South Africa bronze.
"It was a great experience, playing against some of the world's best teams such as Brazil, Ghana, Argentina," he tells the PSL's official website.
"The players were happy with what we achieved. Now we are determined to keep working hard and to try and move through as a group to the Under-23s when the time comes – we have a very good squad and can achieve things if we stay together."
The 18-year-old wore the armband at Sivutsa, leading them clear of the relegation zone in a difficult first season.
"It was my first season playing in one of the higher leagues. It was a really good experience, playing against talented and experienced players. The exposure was great, just what I needed in my career, and credit is due to the Stars management for giving me that opportunity.
"When I played in the second last game of last season, against Atlie, Pirates contacted me after that match and said they wanted me to return to the club. So I'm excited about joining them for training soon. It's a big challenge for me, I know that."
The youngster will have to raise his game in the Premiership, but having been in Bucs development since the tender age of 12 that will not be a new situation.
"Pirates have done very well the last two seasons, winning the Treble [twice – ed]. The squad is full of quality players and I'm going to have to work hard to earn my position. But I trust in myself," he says.