Chiefs' Tactics Against SuperSport Revealed?

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 17: Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates his goal during the DStv Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United at FNB Stadium on September 17, 2022 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 17: Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates his goal during the DStv Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United at FNB Stadium on September 17, 2022 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Kaizer Chiefs striker Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana has expressed his hunger for goals after scoring a brace against SuperSport United.

Bimenyimana got his first start in a 2-1 win over SuperSport and quickly endeared himself to the Chiefs supporters with predatory instincts.  

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The Burundian reflected on his first start for the club and says he did not drop his head when things were not going his way in the early stages of the game.

"I was excited for my first home game and my first start for Kaizer Chiefs because it is a target for me to stay in the team and work hard and keep on going," Bimenyimana said via the club's official website.

"In the first 20 minutes it was tough for us and there were a few moments when I could have done better," he said.

"But that’s football, and the more you try, that’s how you manage to get goals so I was keeping my head up, thinking I will score anytime because I have confidence in myself and I was looking at how the game was going and saying to myself that I’ll get a chance again and when it comes, I will score. When I scored the first goal, I thought, ‘I will have to go for the second one’." 

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Chiefs are unbeaten at home so far this season and Bimenyimana went on to say that's what kept them on the front foot against Matsantsantsa.

"I believed another one would come because we had that belief in the team and the determination that no team must leave FNB with points so we wanted it more than them and we derived the win," he said.

"As a striker I wanted even more but I got injured, so that’s how it was." 

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Soccer Laduma looks at how Chiefs got their tactics right in getting the best out of Bimenyimana against SuperSport: 

Pace

Amakhosi head coach Arthur Zwane has spoken about how "aggressive" Bimenyimana is when approaching the box and he got the best out of him by using the pace of Ashley Du Preez and Kgaogelo Sekgota, who are good in one v one situations.

Quick passing and movement in final third

As Yusuf Maart and Siyethemba Sithebe both played a little higher in midfield, with Njabulo Blom playing as a 'destroyer', they were able to link up with the front three more effectively, than when either one of them was forced to play deep.

Build-ups from the back improved

As Zwane explained, their "passing channels" were much more clearer, as left-footed centre-back Edmilson Dove gave them the balance and element of unpredictability.

Left-back Sifiso Hlanti was also able to get closer to Du Preez (or Sekgota when he switched sides) on the left side and midfield when they were going forward.

Zitha Kwinika as a right-footed centre-back had a better understanding and connection with Dillan Solomons and also advanced better in attacking positions.

Kwinika gave Bimenyimana his first big chance with a cross from the right but the Burundian missed the sitter with a free header. 

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