Cape Town - While thrilled to have made his debut for Kaizer Chiefs this week, young midfielder Khotso Malope is also determined to keep his feet on the ground.
The 23-year-old started in the heart of the Amakhosi engine room for Wednesday night's league clash away to Maritzburg United, where he put in a solid performance in helping the Soweto giants record a 2-0 win.
He admits to having been nervous when Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela told him earlier in the week to be ready for the match in Pietermaritzburg, but is now pleased to have enjoyed a promising debut.
"It was a dream start," Malope told his club's website, "I was looking forward to start in an official match for Chiefs.
"We played against Maritzburg according to the coach's instructions.
"From here on, I will take it one game at a time. For the moment, I am happy that we beat Maritzburg. Thanks and glory to God. Thank you also to the Amakhosi family for their support. This is a dream come true!"
With midfielder George Maluleka expected to be out injured for a few more weeks, Malope could be in line to play for Chiefs against Golden Arrows on Saturday.
The Amakhosi development product spent last season on loan at Thanda Royal Zulu.
Komphela's men next welcome table-toppers Golden Arrows to the FNB Stadium on Saturday with a win ensuring that the Soweto Giants leapfrog their opponents in the standings.
Kick off is at 20:00.