For quite some time there were conflicting reports over whether Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana would be signed with Chiefs after appearing to be left in limbo following a trial period.
The 24-year-old also recently opened up about his time at the club, and hit out at Chiefs in a shock series of allegations. Yet, in the latest dramatic about-turn, Chiefs announced the signing of the striker.
Bimenyimana has touched down in South Africa, and arrived at the club on Thursday, where he successfully underwent medicals before completing the move.
However, a statement also revealed that the striker will only “start representing the Glamour Boys once he has received all the necessary papers”.
That process should be wrapped up quickly, but it will be interesting to see when Bimenyimana is able to make his long-awaited Amakhosi debut, which is sure to be a significant occasion as he looks to vindicate his signing.
It’s said that the contract terms were finalised this week ‘following marathon meetings’ that included Kaizer Motaung Snr and Kaizer Motaung Jr.
Other talk had recently suggested that a change of heart from Chiefs bosses has led them back to Bimenyimana, and that a deal was then agreed upon.
Chiefs released the following statement below:
Kaizer Chiefs have signed striker Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana on a two-year deal with a further one-year option.
Bimenyimana was born in Bujumbura in 1997. His exceptional football talent has seen him play in a variety of countries.
The tall forward began his Club football at Vital’O in Burundi back in 2016, before moving on to Rayong Sport in Rwanda. He also played Club football in countries such as Latvia, Lithuania, Slovaki and Kazakhstan.
His last Club was FC Kaysar Kyzylorda, who compete in the Kazakhstan topflight.
He is the second Burundian to play for Chiefs after Valery Nahayo, who was with Amakhosi between 2008 and 2011.
Bimenyimana is highly experienced and has played in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup with his former Club Rayon Sport of Rwanda. He scored three goals in six game in the 2018 edition of the Confederation Cup as his team made it to the quarter-finals.
The 24-year-old has represented his country of birth Burundi in different international competitions on 17 occasions and scored 4 goals.
He spend three weeks with Amakhosi during pre-season before going back home to sort out some of his business.
The striker will start representing the Glamour Boys once he has received all the necessary papers.