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Kaizer Chiefs boss Arthur Zwane looking cool in the heat. Image: @kaizerchiefs / Twitter

Kaizer Chiefs “penalty merchant” on his way out?

Kaizer Chiefs are actively looking for a new number 9 to replace Caleb Bimenyimana. Where did it go wrong for the big man from Burundi?

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Kaizer Chiefs boss Arthur Zwane looking cool in the heat. Image: @kaizerchiefs / Twitter

Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana has excelled from the penalty spot, but scoring from open play hasn’t been as straightforward for the big man from Bujumbura. Will Kaizer Chiefs find a suitable replacement from within the PSL?

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Kazer Chiefs looking to move Bimenyimana on after one season

25-year-old Burundi striker Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana started life well with Chiefs, scoring seven goals in his first six games for the Glamour Boys. Since the turn of the year, however, he’s become a fringe squad member and played hardly any minutes. Overall, he’s got seven goals and an assist from 17 PSL appearances. It’s not an atrocious record, but the biggest concern within the camp, allegedly, is that his playing style doesn’t fit the philosophy at Naturena.

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Kaizer Chiefs Naturena Village in all its glory. Image: Ernest Makhaya

Caleb’s season in a nutshell

Caleb made 21 appearances for Kaizer Chiefs across all competitions this season, scoring eight times. His most recent strike, and his only one this calendar year, came in March from the penalty spot against Motsepe Foundation Championship side Casric Stars in the Nedbank Cup round of 16. He scored a hat-trick of penalties against Stellenbosch, making history in the process as the first man ever to strike three successful spot-kicks in a single PSL match, but scoring from open play has been an issue for the big man from Bujumbura in Burundi.

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Bimenyimana still the main man for Burundi

Burundi national team coach Etienne Ndayiragije, however, has included him in his 29-man squad to face Namibia and Peter Shalulile in June. This is a must-win match for The Swallows if they are to keep their hopes of AFCON qualification alive. Namibia need just a point to qualify.

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Caleb Bimenyimana after bagging a hat-trick vs Stellenbosch. © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Who will Chiefs sign to replace the surely departing number 9?

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