Kaizer Chiefs to announce striker addition following transfer U-turn


Following weeks of intense internal discussions and debates at Naturena Chiefs look set to finally reinforce their attacking department

Chiefs have started the new season without a 'traditional target man' which has raised concerns following a 4-0 drubbing to Mamelodi Sundowns.

Names that have been considered in their striker search included Musa 'Tombo' Kamara (Sierra Leone), Wayde Lekay, Darren Smith, Franck Mbella Etouga (Cameroon) and Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana of Burundi.

Bimenyimana spent three weeks at Naturena before leaving frustrated and without a deal agreed towards the end of July.

The Burundian expressed his disappointment at a potential deal failing to materialise.

However, authoritative information reaching this website shows that there has now been a change of heart with the decision-makers at Chiefs after growing frustrated in their search.

After reaching out to contacts in the Great Lakes Region including both officials at the Football Federation of Burundi and non-football authorities in the country and gathered that a deal has been agreed upon.

"The deal is in the bag for Chiefs but there has been so much crazy behind-the-scenes happenings, it is now just a matter of key papers being processed.

"The way deals are done is not a walk in the park anymore," says an insider based in East Africa while noting that Bimenyimana also turned down fellow SA side SuperSport United after making contact.   

On Monday, Bimenyimana's former club Rayon Sports threw a teaser about the towering Burundian returning to the club but didn’t provide any further details on his contract.

Chiefs quietly responded by flexing their muscles to step up the process involved in acquiring a work permit for a non-South African footballer in the PSL which includes paperwork from government officials.

Amakhosi – who have kept it tight in doing this deal – are now expected to announce the signing of Bimenyimana once they have completed the paperwork process.

Kaizer Motaung Junior is now at the forefront of new signings at the club holding hands with Arthur Zwane.

Though Bimenyimana last played in Kazakhstan for Kaysar Kyzylorda before leaving at the beginning of the year he had also signed in Ukraine last year but couldn’t move after that country was invaded by Russia.

This website will be provided further information as more details emerge.