Malepe breaks SA Olympic record

SA National Teams

Tercious Malepe made history for South Africa at the Olympics in Tokyo despite being red-carded during Wednesday's defeat to Mexico.

Malepe, who holds the honour of being the only South African footballer to feature at two separate Olympic Games, wrote his name into another chapter of the history books on Wednesday when he became the country's most-capped player at the prestigious tournament.

The former Orlando Pirates defender, who is set to join AmaZulu when he returns to South Africa,  featured in his fourth match across two editions of the Olympics when he started in the must-win encounter against Mexico, although things did not go to plan for him or the team.

Needing to win by two clear goals in order to progress, South Africa ultimately succumbed to a disappointed 3-0 defeat which saw them eliminated from the competition, while Malepe's special occasion came to an abrupt end when he was shown a straight red card early in the second half.

Nonetheless, his latest showing saw him break the country's appearance record at the Olympics which he previously shared with 20 other players, including esteemed former internationals such as Benni McCarthy, Siyabonga Nomvethe, Aaron Mokoena and Itumeleng Khune, to name a few. 

Malepe made his debut in the competition at the 2016 edition in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, when he started in South Africa's 1-1 group stage draw against Iraq, and he played in all three of the country's Group A matches during the ongoing competition in Japan.

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