Madagascar international Andriamirado Andrianarimanana, known locally as “Dax”, has received high praise from Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp, following his display in the Nedbank Cup semifinal against Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.
The Glamour Boys produced an epic comeback after conceding twice in a short space of time to go 2-1 down, as they netted three times in the dying moments to secure a spot in the final via a 4-2 victory.
The equaliser came via the Malagasy’s boot after he had been a thorn in Chippa’s flesh, coming close with a couple of long-range efforts.
This after he has had to wait his turn at Naturena, making just four appearances in all competitions under Middendorp’s predecessor Giovanni Solinas, before finding the starting XI even more difficult to break into under the German.
However, in the latter stages of the current campaign, he has enjoyed more game time, netting his first Kaizer Chiefs goal in the 1-1 draw against Black Leopards before doubling his tally in the very next game – the semifinal against the Chilli Boyz.
Speaking to Supersport after the game, his mentor admitted he maybe should have thrown in him in earlier than he did.
“I probably waited a little bit long to bring ‘Dax’ in. I should have probably tried to bring him in earlier. A player with real high quality. I believe there’s much more to come. Not only the shooting from distance but his one-on-one play and able to penetrate the space and his passing, too,” he said after the match.
Kaizer Chiefs play first division outfit TS Galaxy in the final at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, 18 May. But before that, they turn their attention back to the league where they meet Lamontville Golden Arrows, coached by former mentor Steve Komphela, on Tuesday.