Black Leopards midfielder Andriamirado ‘Dax’ Andrianarimanana has finally completed his four-month ban handed by world football governing body FIFA in February.
The ban, which officially comes to an end today, was as a result of his move from Fosa Juniors to Kaizer Chiefs in 2018, which FIFA ruled that it was illegitimate after a complaint by the Malagasy club.
FIFA ruled that Dax breached his contract by signing for Amakhosi without Fosa Juniors’ consent, a ruling which has since been appealed by Chiefs, who were also slapped with a ban from registering any new players for two consecutive window periods.
Speaking to FARPost, the 29-year-old said he feels relieved now that he can start playing football once everything is back to normal.
“It was very difficult for me not to play for a long time so after four months I am back to play football,” said a visibly excited Dax.
“I did not sign for the club (Fosa Juniors) in Madagascar, the problem is with the boss (the cause of the issue) at Juniors and it killed me. They were not paying me a salary like here in South Africa and he wanted to make my move to Chiefs difficult. Chiefs helped me too much and they paid me my salary every month and the club in Madagascar faked me (my signature) too much.
“I have signed a two year contract with Leopards so I am still around and to the supporters of Leopards I am back to play for the team and to help improve the clubs’ performances and thank you to the Chairman (David Thidiela) for helping me with everything” he said.
The Appeal case between Chiefs and Fosa Juniors is set to sit before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Wednesday, 9 September 2020.
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By Ofhani Munyai