Bobby Singh, of Glasgow, said he felt "blessed" following the operation which went ahead following a donation from Manchester.
He said: "Every day when I wake up, I can't wait to get out of bed."
Mr Singh was a healthy father-of-three, working in the family business, Mr Singh's India, when he fell unwell during a Scotland match at Hampden in November 2004. He was told that both kidneys had shut down.
He made the "desperate" decision to pay £22,000 for a transplant in Pakistan in 2005 but became gravely ill on the flight home. Doctors said the new organ was dying and removed it.
He received a call on February 16 telling him an organ may have been found then had the transplant.