Kaizer Chiefs Striker Caleb Bimenyimana Explains Confusing "Up The Bucs" Orlando Pirates Celebration

Kaizer Chiefs Striker Caleb Bimenyimana Explains Confusing "Up The Bucs" Orlando Pirates Celebration

  • Kaizer Chiefs' hulking striker Caleb Bimenyimana has clarified confusion regarding his celebration
  • The Burundian celebrated his first goal for the Amakhosi last weekend using a symbol associated with arch-rivals Orlando Pirates
  • Bimenyimana said that it had absolutely nothing with the Buccaneers, but a reminder of home

Orlando Pirates has nothing to do with how Kaizer Chiefs' new striker Caleb Bimenyimana celebrated his first goal for the club.

After opening the scoring in the Amakhosi's much-needed 2-1 victory over SuperSport United last Saturday, he held up the famous "skull-and-cross-bones" celebration strongly associated with Orlando Pirates. This is something that caused debate stemming from confusion considering the two teams' rivalry.

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Kaizer Chiefs striker Caleb Bimenyimana celebrates against SuperSport United. Image source: @thandi_399 and Sports Club Magazine.
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However, according to The Citizen, Bimenyimana said:

“In Burundi we have that sign of a cross, and it is part of our tradition. Since we were under-17, we’ve been doing that celebration. And we have grown together to senior level in the national team. In Burundi it means ‘we are together,’ like ‘I’ve got your back and you’ve got my back,’ so that is why we want to keep it. It even appears on the Burundian flag.

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“It had nothing to do with Pirates."

Orlando Pirates media officer Thandi Merafe was quick to pounce on his celebration, saying in a cheeky tweet:

"So admin chose not to post this one"

Ghanaian striker Kwame Peprah reportedly wants Orlando Pirates exit after frustrations

Kwame Peprah's largely unhappy stay at Orlando Pirates might be coming to an end.

As reported to Sports Brief, the Ghanaian forward has struggled for goals since landing at the club in the 2021/22 season, and has not featured much under new coach Jose Riveiro with Zakhele Lepasa and Bienvenu Eva Nga the preferred players. Peprah might be motivated by compatriot and Bucs teammate Richard Ofori, who looks to be a certain pick for the Black Stars squad that will head to Qatar's 2022 FIFA World Cup.

He was recently selected for Ghana's warm-up friendly matches against Brazil on Saturday in France and Nicaragua next Tuesday in Spain.

Source: Sports Brief News