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Soldaat ready to realise his dream

Xabiso Soldaat say he is delighted to have made the step up from Chippa United's MultiChoice Diski Challenge team to the senior side.

The 20-year-old Soldaat has only been part of the club's reserve side for six months after signing from Greenbushes, but has impressed enough to make the step up.

He joins Ronaldo Maarman in the first team, who is yet to make his debut after almost a year.

Speaking to the Sowetan, Soldaat said: "I am so excited to be part of the first team, it feels great.

"I am very happy because this has always been my dream to play professionally. I had joined the team six months ago from Highbury in the ABC Motsepe League so this news came as a surprise to me.

"But I guess my hard work has finally paid off."

Maarman added: "I have been on the bench multiple times, but I have not had the opportunity to play.

"To be part of the senior team is wonderful experience for any youngster because this is what we work towards. But once you get there the intensity is high as compared to where you come from.

"The ball moves faster, it's more difficult, but you learn and you get better not only as a player but as a person as well."