Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer was full of praise for Kabelo Dlamini, who appears to have had a change in fortunes under the German mentor.
Big things were expected of the talented 24-year-old when he joined the Buccaneers from Bloemfontein Celtic a season ago.
However, Pirates' packed midfield meant that the Stars of Africa development product often struggled for game-time and at times, struggled to make it into the matchday squad, which led to widespread talk that he could be sent out on loan to secure more playing time.
But, it appears that Dlamini has managed to sway the opinion of his coach, who turned to him when the chips were down in Pirates’ 3-1 victory over Maritzburg United in the Nedbank Cup.
Dlamini came on to good effect and managed to grab a goal in the come-from-behind win, which sparked lavish praise from his coach after the game.
“I said Dlamini had a top game, and not just about his goal, he had a little bit of luck there because it touched the opponent, but we need this in this time, but he make a good game, he is always available.
“He always finds a quick solution in a small space and he can score, this was the reason we changed at half-time. We need a quick solution against a low block and quick playing, and Dlamini brings this in the game and he was very impactful for us,” Zinnbauer told journalists after the game.
Dlamini is once again expected to feature from the bench when Pirates take on his former side Celtic in the DStv Premiership on Tuesday afternoon.
Kick off is at 17:00 at the Orlando Stadium.