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Caleb Bimenyimana’s Surprising Lifeline at Kaizer Chiefs

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Kaizer Chiefs Naturena Village in all its glory. Image: Ernest Makhaya

About three weeks ago, if you’d said Caleb Bimenyimana could start for Kaizer Chiefs against Chippa, people would call you crazy.

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KAIZER CHIEFS INJURY CRISIS OPENS THE DOOR FOR CALEB?

The Glamour Boys chalked up consecutive 1-0 defeats, to Yanga and Township Rollers, during their pre-season friendly tour of the continent. Now they’re just five days away from the start of the new DStv Premiership campaign and face a mini injury crisis. Keagan Dolly, Happy Mashiane, Ranga Chivaviro and Ashley Du Preez are all in a race against time to be fit for Amakhosi’s season opener against Chippa on Saturday the 6th of August. That leaves just Christian Saile and Bimenyimana as senior options, with youngster Wandile Duba possibly ready to deputise.

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BIMENYIMANA STILL THE MAIN MAN FOR BURUNDI

The 25-year-old scored and assisted for the Burundi Swallows in their most recent AFCON qualifier against Peter Shalulile’s Namibia. He’ll be eager to transfer that form and seniority across to the PSL, where he struggled badly at the back-end of 2022-23.

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Caleb Bimenyimana after bagging a hat-trick vs Stellenbosch. © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Will Caleb get an unlikely starting role against Chippa on Saturday?

Meanwhile, hit up James Freemantle for more insights, analysis and love for the beautiful game of football.

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