The Chilli Boys came out 1-0 victors over the Galmour Boys, who had a one-man disadvantage, in the inaugural Premier's Cup clash played in front of a capacity crowd at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium.
With the start of the Absa Premiership season just two weeks away Malesela witnessed some positives and negatives and feels the match served its purpose, while admitting it is still tooearly to say whether they are completely ready.
"These are the games that make us aware of where we need to fix and where we are a bit satisfied," Malesela told SABC after the game.
"There were quite a number of good things that have happened here [in the game] that I'm happy with, and also a few that I'm not happy with.
"It's too early to say [if we are ready]. We need matches behind ourselves and as soon as you start playing matches you'll fully understand what's happening."
Chippa's first test will be against Chiefs' arch-rivals Orlando Pirates at the Orlando Stadium on August 19, with kick-off set for 18h00.