COMMENT: Who should make way for Andriamirado Andrianarimanana at Kaizer Chiefs?

Goal takes a look at who should make way for the Malagasy international at Amakhosi

As they head to Cape Town to forge ahead with their Premier Soccer League (PSL) win, Kaizer Chiefs have received a massive boost as Andriamirado Andrianarimanana has been cleared to play.

The Madagascan international also known as 'Dax' was a subject of much uncertainty regarding his future where his now former club Fosa Juniors lodged a protest over his move.

Despite being unveiled by Chiefs about two months ago, his career looked like it was in limbo as both clubs battled it out for his signature until Fifa ruled in favour of Chiefs this week.

As he is now available to finally launch his football career with the Naturena-based club, Goal takes a look at who should make way for him in coach Giovanni Solinas' side.

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With Chiefs having a midfield packed with talented players, their failure to secure three points in the league has left tongues wagging regarding the need to make changes.


Willard Katsande and Bernard Parker, Kaizer Chiefs

While he is usually handed the captain's armband in the absence of skipper Itumeleng Khune, Katsande's performances have somewhat dropped in the past few seasons.

His inconsistency to pick up his front men with a brilliant pass or two has left many in the football fraternity calling for him to be dropped as Chiefs have looked laboured in attack. 

With Dax's availability, the coach will be forced to make changes and perhaps use someone who is more attack minded to link up with the attack.

Having a player like Dax would allow the team to player a lot higher up the pitch, but it should be noted that he does not posses the same defensive traits as the Zimbabwean. 

Take nothing from Katsande's experience and technical know-how to cut and intercept dangerous balls from the opposition, the coach might be tempted to sacrifice him as they go in search of victory.


Kaizer Chiefs, Bhongolethu Jayiya

Jayiya is one of the most well-travelled players in the top tier having played for Maritzburg United, Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits, but he is yet to revive the form that made him one of the best players in the league whilst with the Clever Boys..

Jayiya is undoubtedly one of the most gifted players when it comes to passing the ball, but he has failed to prove his critics wrong at Chiefs and his struggles could continue as Dax is ready to don the famous gold and black jersey for Chiefs.


Hendrick Ekstein Kaizer Chiefs

One of the Glamour Boys' faithful is none other than the the man also known as Pule, but he has also struggled for regular game time and consistency.

Despite making a promise that he will dazzle and become a regular feature in the starting line-up, Ekstein is yet to crack the nod under Solinas.

The arrival or Ntshangase's revival in the centre of the park has seen him fall down the pecking order and he is one of the players who will struggle due to the arrival of the Malagasy international.


Kaizer Chiefs Kabelo Mahlasela, March 2018

Mahlasela was unfortunate to sustain a long term injury upon his arrival at Naturena and that derailed his ambitions.

Although. he has had a number of games under his belt so far in the 2018/19 season, he has seemingly not impressed the technical team.

In their past two matches in all competitions, he could not make the cut and his chances of commanding a regular spot are slowly diminishing despite becoming a fan favourite.


Based on the Italian manager's belief in the 4-3-3 formation where Katsande plays in the heart of the park as a destroyer, he may be forced to try out the new recruit in his 4-3-3 system but in a more attacking capacity.

The coach has left room for Ntshangase to spread those passes who is usually played just in front of Katsande, but the Andrianarimanana-Ntshangase combo can reap the rewards.

Should the coach decide to drop Katsande who is a regular ahead of Jayiya, Mahlasela and Ekstein, the Madagascan can possibly do well in the Zimbabwean's place.

Dax has proven to be one of the best midfielders in the Southern African region and to combine his creatively with Ntshangase can help Amakhosi as they hope to challenge for trophies.

Although, he has not played competitive football over two months, Solinas will have to gradually rope in the midfielder and allow Katsande to guide him as he gains match fitness and settling down in the PSL

For instance against Bloemfontein Celtic, the coach used a 4-3-3 formation, but still could not bag a win despite leading 2-0 in the match.

All in all, what Solinas wants is a strong midfield which will not allow the opposition to play from the back and be able to close the gaps, which in turn leaves his defence exposed.

With Ntshangase linking up with the likes of Khama Billiat, Leonardo Castro, Dumisani Zuma or Lebogang Manyama, Dax can be able to control the midfield and spread those passes, in a similar style as former star Reneilwe Letsholonyane.

Since the departure of Letsholonyane a few seasons ago, Chiefs have been found wanting in the midfield, and playing in that role as central midfielder, Dax will be able to collect from the back and link up with Ntshangase who is also gifted in spotting good runs from his teammates.