Kaizer Chiefs striker Bimenyimana was a subject of social media conversations this week after using the cross-bone sign associated with Orlando Pirates to celebrate his goals against SuperSport United last weekend.
After converting the winning penalty against Matsatsantsa, the Burundian striker crossed his arms in similar fashion to arch-rivals Pirates.
A photo of him crossing his arms made rounds on social media after the game and also earlier this week.
“It (the celebration) had nothing to do with Pirates. I wasn’t even thinking that it’s the same. As I said, it was for me and my brother, what we always do, but now that I know what it means, I won’t do it in this country. So, everyone was confused about that on social media, but I repeat, I did it for my friends and my brother. I was happy,” said Bimenyimana.
“In Burundi we have that sign, of a cross, which 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,” explained the lanky striker.
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