Cape Town - Orlando Pirates winger Luvuyo Memela says he is grateful to head coach Milutin Sredojevic for giving him the chance to start in last Sunday's 1-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic.
Memela was the man-of-the-match in the Absa Premiership encounter although it was Musa Nyatama who got the winning goal for the Sea Robbers.
Nonetheless, the 30-year-old thanked Sredojevic for selecting him, and paid tribute to his team-mates as well.
Previously, the last time the player started for Bucs was in the 1-1 draw with Baroka on 22 August at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
"It was very tough, not easy and also hot. Especially for me as I haven't played in a while," he said.
"My last game was against Baroka, so it was tough and knew that we needed to win this game.
"But we played a lot of games which helped me with my fitness I'm happy for the guys and thankful to the coach for giving me the chance.
"I was excited but I didn't need to be very excited because sometimes it can kill you. I just told myself that I'm going to be simple, as the coach said be simple first and as the time goes play your game while is what I did.
"I'm also happy for Thami (Sangweni). I know he hasn't played since the first game, so I'm happy we both did well and I'm happy we won."