Andrianarimanana, also known as ‘Dax’, made his full Amakhosi debut on Wednesday evening after starting in their 1-0 Absa Premiership victory over Lidoda Duvha at FNB Stadium.
The Malagasy star joined Chiefs at the start of the season following a fair deal of controversy as he was made to force a transfer from his native club side, who claimed they had a running contract with the player.
He made his debut in a cameo appearance in the team’s 2-0 victory over Free State Stars before coming on for the final four minutes of their victory over AmaZulu in September.
However, he was then ruled out after picking up an injury in training last month, and subsequently missed out of his side’s October fixtures, before returning this week.
Solinas was pleased with the playmaker’s performance alongside Willard Katsande but explained the reason for his substitution in the final 10 minutes of the clash.
“It was Dax’s first start, and he’s just come from injury, so his fitness was not top. I know he can’t play 90 minutes because he can’t play at a high tempo [for too long],” explained Solinas.
“His fitness is not top, and I knew in the second half I would have to change him.”
Leopards coach Joel Masutha stated that Khune was the difference between the two sides, as he pulled off several stops to deny the visitors from getting on the scoresheet.
The Italian was quick to point out that the Bafana Bafana shot-stopper did his job as “the best” in the country, and any coach would be pleased to have him in his team.
“I’m happy because Khune is the goalkeeper of Kaizer Chiefs. If their coach had a goalkeeper like ‘Itu’, he would also be very happy. He’s the best goalkeeper in South Africa.”