Former Orlando Pirates winger Bennett Chenene has finally secured his return to professional football after signing a contract with Williamsville AC on Wednesday.
Chenene, 35, has been without a club over the past four years since leaving SuperSport United and has finally put pen to paper with the Ivorian top-flight side on a one-year deal, with an option of a second - after several attempts at attaining a work permit.
The ambitious club formed in 1995 qualified for the 2018 CAF Champions League but were knocked out by finalists Wydad Casablanca in the first round.
And building on their recent success, club president Abackar Kone cites the arrival of the South African as an important step for the club's long-term vision.
"We want Chenene because he will improve the level of our team, we have young boys and we were looking for an experienced player to guide some of the younger players," Kone tells KickOff.com.
"We've seen him before and we've been convinced by his professionalism and behaviour off the field that he can help our team to grow.
"The decision was also made in an attempt to open the club to the South African market, we want to be internationally known. We're still a young team but we played in the [CAF] Confederation Cup in our first season in the top division.
"And we think that Chenene is someone that can help us reach these levels we are aspiring towards, and maybe after this season he can prepare his future [after football] with us."
Chenene will wear the number 18 jersey with the Côte d'Ivoire Ligue 1 side, who finished in seventh place last season.