Malesela was relieved of his duties at Gallants despite leading them to the CAF Confederation Cup by virtue of leading them to the Nedbank Cup final, where they lost out to treble-winners Mamelodi Sundowns.
While he was lauded for the incredible turnaround after assuming the role at the time of languishing at the bottom of the DStv Premiership, his style of play and losing only six of the 25 games across all competitions touted him for potentially a bigger move.
But what transpired was inexplicable as Gallants allowed him to leave upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the season and Malesela admitted he was under the impression terms would have been renewed after found out about his eventual exit via the media.
The 57-year-old was eventually roped in by Royal AM, as part of a coaching trio alongside Khabo Zondo and Abram ‘Wire’ Nteo – and despite a decent start to the season, iDiski Times had been informed Malesela has not been completely happy with the current set-up.
Last week he resigned from his post, paving the way for a return to Gallants after Bahlabane Ba Ntwa themselves parted ways with Romain Folz.