The left-back says playing for Bafana for the first is an honour for him and something he will remember for the rest of his life.
“You always remember the first time, I remember the first boots I ever got, the first professional game I ever played, even the first shibobo!,” Maela was quoted on Bucs website.
“All players dream of representing the country of their birth and I am no different, I aim to continue improving at club level so that I can get more opportunities to represent my country. Making my debut for Bafana Bafana was honour and a privilege. I never thought it would happen so soon. It felt remarkable to don the national colours, a dream come true.”
Maela and his Bafana teammates won the competition after beating Zambia 2-0 in the final. The defender will now shift his focus in the league campaign with the Buccaneers.
Bucs are scheduled to host Bloemfontein Celtic on April 4 at the Orlando Stadium.