Cape Town - Midfielder Marshall Munetsi is delighted to be getting game-time with Orlando Pirates after initially battling to make an impact at the club.
The Zimbabwean international first came to attention in South Africa with some sterling performances for the now defunct FC Cape Town in the National First Division.
He was subsequently snapped up by Pirates, but was then sent out on loan to another top-flight club, Baroka FC, where he made 26 league appearances last term and scored twice.
That was enough for the Buccaneers to recall the now 21-year-old midfield anchor-man, who has gone on to feature in 10 league and cup matches for the Sea Robbers this season.
For Munetsi, the key has been to maintain faith in his abilities and to put in the hard yards at training.
"Joining Pirates was a great move for me, it is a big club with a huge history and many passionate fans, so it’s a dream for any player to be part of this squad," Munetsi told Nehanda Radio.
"I was not lost to the fact that I had to work hard to make it with the team, despite failing to make it in the past six months.
"I simply worked harder in training, prayed hard and believed that I will make it. I am a Christian and I believe in God that and I know everything happens in His time.
"Yes I was frustrated at times, but at the back of my mind I knew it was a matter of time," he added.
Munetsi could potentially next be in action when Pirates take on SuperSport United at the Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday night.
Kick-off is at 19:30.