Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana reveals what pushed him out of Kaizer Chiefs

The Burundian forward has shared details of his ill-fated spell with the Glamour Boys

Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana has seemed to suggest that former coach Arthur Zwane was the man who pushed him out of the club.

The Burundian striker signed for Chiefs before the start of the 2022-23 season but lasted just one year at Naturena after becoming a peripheral figure, having started the season like a house on fire.

The striker scored six goals in his first seven games but then experienced a drought that lasted months before he eventually lost his place in the team and later fell out with Zwane.

He feels his position became untenable as someone at the club made life difficult for him.

“I had already made the decision as far back as April (2023) that I will be leaving Chiefs because of all that had happened to me while I was there,” Bimenyimana, who left Chiefs in June 2023, told KickOff.

 ‘I was made to be not comfortable by someone’

“Too many things happened to me while I was there because of someone there. This is professional football and there is no need for someone to do that.

“I came to Chiefs to score goals and I did but I was made to be not comfortable by someone. Chiefs is a good club with a lot of people that I respect from the kitchen staff to the chairman but I was put through a not-so-good experience by someone.”

The striker then aimed a thinly-veiled attack at Zwane for asking him to execute tactical instructions that did not suit his game.

“I was expected to run like Ashley Du Preez yet that wasn’t what my game is about. After all said and done, I wish to see Chiefs coming back because I am a fan of the club,” he added.

Bimenyimana, who has since moved to Libyan side Al-Ahly Benghazi, scored eight goals in 21 appearances in all competitions in his one season with the Glamour Boys.

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