Kaizer Chiefs might have not moved swiftly in replacing three strikers that recently departed, but the Soweto giants have made some positive strides as they have four strikers on trial, including a Burundian international.
The Soweto giants released Lazarous Kambole, Samir Nurkovic, and Leonardo Castro and they have now identified the trio’s possible replacements.
With less than for weeks before the new season gets underway, Chiefs only have new recruit Ashley Du Preez, who was handed the number nine jersey as a recognised hitman in Arthur Zwane’s new-look side.
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One of the four strikers, Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana, from Burundi made the trip to Limpopo with Amakhosi to take part in the club’s pre-season preparations.
Bimenyimana, who is a free agent after parting ways with Kazakhstan Premier League side FC Kaysar in January, got a run when Chiefs played against Marumo Gallants in a friendly match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium at the weekend.
The 24-year-old is being assessed by Chiefs and he was spotted wearing jersey number seven, which was in the hand of Kambole last campaign as he looks to impress Zwane and the Amakhosi management.
The Burundian striker spent a number of years plying his trade abroad and has stints in Slovakia for FK Pohronie and in Latvia for FK RFS.
After a successful spell with Rayon Sports, where he won the league title and scored the all-important goal when the club made history by becoming the first Rwandan team to reach the Caf Confederation Cup in 2018, Bimenyimana left the club for Latvian A Lyga, outfit FK RFS in January 2019.
He struggled for game-time in Latvia as he made only 11 appearances and scored a single goal. As a result, he was sent out on loan to a different A Lyga side FK Atlantas, where he netted three goals in 13 matches.
After his loan spell at Atlantas, Caleb Bimenyimana joined Slovakian second-tier side FK Pohronie. He featured in 16 matches, scoring six goals. It seems Caleb Bimenyimana failed to impress as he departed FK RFS on a free transfer to join Kaysar.
He only made nine appearances at Kaysar and failed to find the back of the net at the club. Overall, Bimenyimana scored 13