Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs left-back Sibusiso Khumalo is delighted to have made his debut for Amakhosi and is targetting a more regular berth in the Soweto giants' starting XI.
The 27-year-old fullback was signed from SuperSport United during pre-season to provide more options to head coach Steve Komphela on the left flank.
With veteran defender Tsepo Masilela not starting the season in the best of form, Komphela made a bold decision to rest him in favour of Khumalo, who had an excellent debut against Highlands Park on Wednesday.
"Well, I'm happy to have finally made my debut in Chiefs' colours," he told Vodacom Soccer.
"Being in the 18-man squad in all three opening matches was a motivation on its own for me, and pushed me to work even harder to be finally considered in the starting line-up.
"I know I still have to redouble my efforts to consolidate my place in the team's starting line-up because I'm competing with a most experienced defender in Tsepo [Masilela] for the left-back position.
"I have a healthy competition for the position with Tsepo and he has never treated me as a threat since my arrival during the pre-season.
"But, obviously one has to grab the opportunity being given. I'm more than prepared to work my socks off to consolidate my berth in the starting line-up, and make an impact in the team's cause."
The former South Africa Under-23 fullback is expected to play a crucial role in Amakhosi's next match against Maritzburg United in the Premiership on Saturday evening at FNB Stadium.