Less than three years ago, Andrew Nabbout was cut loose by then second-division Malaysian side Negeri Sembilan, on Friday night he slotted home his first Socceroos goal to all but seal his spot at the World Cup.
Forced into the number nine role in Tomi Juric's absence, the former Newcastle Jet struggled to get a foothold in the game and looked a frustrated figure at halftime.
Not one to give up however, Nabbout continued to chase seemingly lost causes up front and was given his just reward in the 52nd minute when he capitalised on some slack Czech defending.
Though the marking left a lot to be desired, the Australian attacker's finish certainly didn't, drilling low into the bottom left and allowed to celebrate a goal that seemed the thing of distant dreams just a few years ago.
While replaced by Jamie Maclaren not long after striking, Nabbout can feel confident about his chances of making it to Russia with the goal the foundation of hopefully more to come.
"It’s something to build on from here definitely," Nabbout told Fox Sports post-game.
"The defender turned his back on me and Krusey was wide and screaming for it, so if I didn’t score that I would have had an earful from him.
"Like I said it’s a big confidence booster.
"It’s something you work towards. It’s not only putting on that jersey - especially as an attacker you want to score, you want to go out there and make a difference and make an impact and that’s what I went out there to do.
"I worked tirelessly out there, pressed as hard as I could and got the reward."
Bert van Marwijk praised Nabbout post-game and will have to decide which four players to cut from his World Cup squad in the coming days.
Never one to get ahead of himself, Nabbout kept himself grounded after the match, admitting his incredible career u-turn is now in the hands of van Marwijk.
"It’s all up to the coach, it was a good performance from us we really put them under the pump and took our chances," he said.