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Kaizer Chiefs winners and losers: Bimenyimana rising, Du Preez fading as Amakhosi beat Stellenbosch

11:24 GMT+4 10/10/2022
Edmilson Dove, Sifiso Hlanti & Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana, Kaizer Chiefs, October 2022
The Burundi international took his Amakhosi goal tally to six this season, including four penalties, three of those spot kicks against Stellies

It was a tale of two strikers for Kaizer Chiefs as Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana netted a hat-trick against Stellenbosch while Ashley du Preez fired blanks.

Bimenyimana showed excellent composure and while he'll also want to contribute with goals from open play, one can see his stature and confidence quickly growing at Chiefs.

But while he's quickly becoming a fan favourite, Du Preez has struggled to turn the early potential he showed at Chiefs into promise.

  • Edmilson Dove, Kaizer Chiefs, October 2022

    Winners

    Caleb Bimenyimana

    The Burundi international showed nerves of steel and outstanding composure to score a hat-trick of penalties. With six goals since arriving he's quickly growing in stature and is already a cult hero among the fans.

    Edmilson Dove

    Dove was partly to blame for the goal Amakhosi conceded but recovered well to put in a commanding performance on his old home ground. He's quickly making one of the centre-back spots his own.

  • Sibongiseni Mthethwa Stellenbosch Ashley Du Preez Kaizer Chiefs.jpg

    Losers

    Ashley du Preez

    The ex-Stellenbosch man's only goal this season came against his former club in the MTN8. He had at least two golden chances to score on Sunday but fluffed them both and has had to take the back seat as Bimenyimana keeps scoring and grabbing the headlines.

    Itumeleng Khune

    While it was errors from Edmilson Dove and Njabulo Blom which gave Nhlanhla Mgaga the chance to shoot on goal, Khune didn't help the cause by vacating his goal - he seemed more intent on remonstrating with his team-mates than trying to help fix the problem.

    Things then got worse when he was taken off with what seemed like a hamstring injury before half-time though fortunately for the legendary keeper, it didn't look overly serious.

  • Reeve Frosler, Kaizer Chiefs, October 2022

    Ratings - Defence

    Itumeleng Khune - 6/10

    A spectator in the opening exchanges as Amakhosi enjoyed a strong start to the game. He was substituted in the 38th minute due to an injury.

    Reeve Frosler - 7/10

    A threat to the Stellies defence. Frosler ventured up and down the wing and created several opportunities with his decent delivery from the right. He also had a shot saved by goalkeeper Sage Stephens.

    Sifiso Hlanti - 6/10

    Solid defensively. Tasked with marking Stellies' dangerman Junior Mendieta and he did the job. However, he didn't offer much going forward.

    Siyabonga Ngezana - 6.5/10

    Played well after being handed a rare start. Ngezana's pace proved to be vital for the hosts as he made some good covering runs. He also made several vital clearances and interceptions.

    Edmilson Dove - 8.5/10

    Influential both defensively and offensively. Dove positioned himself well and used his physicality to his advantage as he dominated in defence. He also caught the eye with his passing ability as he started some of Chiefs' attacks. Named Man of the Match.

  • Junior Mendieta, Stellenbosch FC & Njabulo Blom, Kaizer Chiefs, October 2022

    Ratings - Midfield

    Njabulo Blom - 6/10

    Recovered well after his mistake. Blom gave away possession and he was punished by Mgaga. He then produced a good performance in the middle of the park - winning back possession and playing some accurate passes.

    Yusuf Maart - 7/10

    Put in a commanding display. Maart carried Chiefs forward as he made forward runs with his sublime passes - linking the midfield with the attack. He was substituted with 12 minutes left on the clock.

    Keagan Dolly - 7/10

    Put in a good, energetic performance. Dolly was a thorn in Stellenbosch's flesh, with his pace, vision and link-up play. However, he looked tired when he was substituted towards the end of the game.

  • Kgaogelo Sekgota of Kaizer Chiefs

    Ratings - Forwards

    Ashley du Preez - 5.5/10

    Missed another sitter. Du Preez, who has been criticized for missing easy chances, got himself in good positions, but he couldn't score including when he had only Stephens to beat.

    Kgaogelo Sekgota - 6.5/10

    Decent display. Sekgota drove at defenders in a bid to unsettle Stellies' backline and he did that. He was unlucky not to score when Stephens came out to block his shot from close range.

    Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana - 9/10

    Best performance in Chiefs colours. Bimenyimana's displayed his brilliant movement which created problems for the Stellies defence with Mogamad de Goede fouling him twice and Chiefs got two penalties. He showed off his great ability from the penalty spot as he became the first player to score a hat-trick of penalties.

  • Brandon Petersen, Kaizer Chiefs, February 2022

    Ratings - Substitutes and manager

    Arthur Zwane - 7/10

    His team selection was spot on and so were his tactics as the Glamour Boys won comfortably.

    Brandon Petersen - 7/10

    Replaced Khune and he had several quiet periods, but was certainly up to the mark whenever required. Petersen also did a great job of managing Stellies' attacks from either wing knowing when to come out for crosses.

    Nkosingiphile Ngcobo - 6/10

    Put in a decent shift when he came in the 59th minute as he combined well with his teammates in midfield and also tracked back to help his teammates defend.

    Dillon Solomons - 6/10

    Also came on in the 78th minute and his direct approach in the final third inspired Chiefs to attack more, but chances didn't fall for him in Stellies' box.

    Samkelo Zwane - 6/10

    A welcome change in place of Maart when he came on in the 78th minute, Zwane added a bit more steel to the midfield with his ball-winning ability. Orlando Pirates legend Eugene Zwane's son made his professional debut for Amakhosi.