The Spirit Of The Black Panther: Amakhosi's Striker Explains Celebrations

A jubilant Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana against SuperSport United.
A jubilant Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana against SuperSport United.
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Kaizer Chiefs' Burundian target man got off the mark against SuperSport United last weekend and showed off some interesting celebrations. 

He explained the meaning of his post-goal reactions. 

Check it out! 

What's the story? 

Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana repaid Arthur Zwane's faith in starting him by bagging a match-winning brace at the FNB Stadium against SuperSport United last Saturday. 

Bimenyimana's heroics weren't the only talking point after Amakhosi secured a much-needed three points.

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The tall striker showcased what appeared to be a predator-inspired celebration and he crossed his arms like an Orlando Pirates fan for his match-winner which confused a number of Chiefs fans. 

Here's the real meaning behind his eccentric goal celebrations... 

Bonfils-Caleb explains himself 

Quoted on the Chiefs website, Bimenyimana explained that his celebrations come from a special place in his heart, with the first celebration showcasing his hunger to score. 

Here's what the Burundian baller had to say: 

"My first goal celebration was the 'black panther.' I have been doing it since I was young with my brother, who plays in Turkey for Istanbul Baseksahir.

"Even for the second one it was for him because in the morning I talked to him on the phone and he told me, 'Today, you’re going to score and you know what to do.' When I scored the first, I almost forgot to do it," he said.

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He goes on to explain his version of the black panther: 

"The 'black panther' is to show how hungry I am to score goals and the second one was also for my friend, Yusuf, who also plays in Istanbul." 

Bimenyimana in action against SuperSport: 

Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana during the SuperSport U
Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana during the SuperSport United game.
Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana celebrating against Supe
Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana celebrating against SuperSport.
Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana in action against Matsat
Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana in action against Matsatsantsa.
Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana celebrating after baggin
Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana celebrating after bagging his brace.

Similar Celebrations

When first seeing Bimenyimana's celebration, it's easy to be reminded of Swansea City cult hero Bafetimbi Gomis' panther walk celebration.

Manchester United's latest recruit Antony also showed his claws after scoring on debut against Arsenal at Old Trafford.

The tiger-inspired celebration is a dedication to his friends, whenever he scores, they know it's time for the tiger: 

Have your say on Bimenyimana's celebrations... 

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