Cape Town - After growing up in Soweto, midfielder Xola Mlambo says he's living his dream playing for Orlando Pirates.
'Ten Ten'‚ as he is affectionately known, had to leave his home town to get his career kick started, first with National First Division club Cape Town All Stars, then with Chippa United, and later Bidvest Wits.
It was from Wits that he made his move to Bucs, joining the Sea Robbers in the 2018 January transfer window.
And despite competing within a star-studded Pirates midfield department, the playmaker has quickly established himself at the club, having participated in 12 league and cup matches.
The 26-year-old is thrilled to be back home and representing the Soweto giants.
"I joined Pirates in the second half of the season and it was an honour as a kid growing up in Soweto. It's a dream come true," Mlambo told KickOff.
"Since joining Pirates it was a great honour and it still is wearing the Pirates jersey. It's an unbelievable and memorable moment that one can share.
"Ever since I have been here I have been learning a lot from the technical team, coaches and supporters. I feel very honoured to be part of such a great family and grateful to be given the opportunity to play amongst such talented individuals."
He'll now be looking forward to further his progression next season after signing off from the current campaign with a man-of-the-match performance in the 2-1 win over Free State Stars, although he remains humble about that achievement.
"Winning man of the match, to be honest any of the individuals deserve to win it because we put in a good shift. We saw our youngster [Siphelele] Mbulu do great and he also deserves to be nominated for man of the match. We saw 'Section 10' [Thabo Qalinge], our defence as well.
"I can go on but everyone really put in a great effort and I was fortunate to be named man of the match."