“Anything can happen,” Leonardo Castro talks about the possibility of Kaizer Chiefs winning the league title. “I understand the hunger of our supporters for trophies. However, it’s too early to talk about the championship title. We take it one game at a time and every game is important.”
Chiefs host Bloemfontein Celtic at FNB Stadium on Saturday, 24 February (kick-off is at 20:15). With the gap between Absa Premiership log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns having shrunk to just five points, this is going to be an important match.
Asked about the pressure of playing for the Glamour Boys and challenging for the league title, the Colombian striker responds with a smile, “Pressure is playing in South America or in Europe. That’s tough and you need to be mentally strong. Of course, there is pressure here as well, but not at that level. I love to play soccer – that’s not pressure, it’s what I do for fun.”
Castro scored a magnificent goal on debut for Amakhosi against Baroka FC on 21 January 2018. The striker netted the second goal in the 2-1 win. It was his first game for the club since joining from Mamelodi Sundowns during the recent transfer window.
“I really wanted to score in that game,” the Colombian reflects, “especially as I hadn’t scored for a long time. I was happy to help Chiefs get the three points in my first game.”
He has been partnering Moon upfront in the last two matches, beating Golden Arrows (3-0) and Cape Town City (1-0), playing a vital role in these wins.
Castro was substituted in both games. “I hadn’t played for a while at Sundowns,” he explains. “It means that I was a bit down on confidence, but above all I lacked match-fitness when arriving at Chiefs. However, it’s getting better with each week and I feel close to playing the full 90 minutes.” Then, he adds with a smile, “We often get a lot of chances in the last minutes of games. If I am given the chance to finish a match, I know that I will score more goals.”
Chiefs are presently in second position on the Absa Premiership log, having collected 34 points from 21 games, while Bloemfontein Celtic are down in 12th spot with 25 points from 20 matches.
“We are looking for the win on Saturday,” the striker points out, “we want to make the Amakhosi Family proud.”
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