Kaizer Chiefs forward Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana's exploits and adaptation to the DStv Premiership has prompted new Burundian national team coach to plan crunch talks with the striker during the upcoming international break.
Though he is the club’s top scorer with a healthy return of eight goals in 18 appearances, Bimenyimana hasn’t won the hearts of all and has been butchered by armchair critics.
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He hasn't scored in the eight league games played this year during Chiefs have scored six goals with his only strike in 2023 having come last week in the 2-1 Nedbank Cup win over Casric Stars.
Prior to joining Chiefs, he had spent nine months without playing competition club football which has contributed to his battles with fitness related matters.
This has prompted his new Burundi national team coach Etienne Ndayiragije to request a face-to-face meeting when the squad assembles for friendly matches against Indonesia on March 25 and 28.
"We will meet in Kenya later this month and I want to have enough time with him for discussions," his national team coach Etienne Ndayiragije told this website recently.
Bimenyimana is the only player based in South Africa named in the Burundian squad though former Jomo Cosmos and Chippa United defender Frederic Nsabiyumva is also included.
Nsabiyumva now plays for Swedish club Vasteras SK.
Meanwhile, the Kenyan pair of Teddy Akumu and Brian Mandela Onyango will return to international football with the Harambee Stars after both were named in the squad to play Iran on March 28.
Akumu is now in the books of Japanese club Sagan Tosu after being offloaded by Chiefs last year while Onyango is doing duty for Mamelodi Sundowns.
Kenya’s suspension by FIFA has recently been lifted after over a year.
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