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Chiefs’ Castro V Sundowns: It Was A Friendly But…

He smashed a hat-trick past them last time they met, and Kaizer Chiefs’ Leonardo Castro doesn’t mind that his hat-trick against Mamelodi Sundowns was only in a friendly game.

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The 30-year-old forward is yet to score in a competitive game against his former employers since making the switch to Naturena, but he’ll be hoping to change that on Sunday afternoon as the two clubs battle for top spot in the Absa Premiership. 

Chiefs currently sit at the summit of the league table after eight games played, and Ernst Middendorp will be delighted with their start to the campaign having lost just once in their nine games across all competitions. 

Castro got his only goal of the campaign last month against AmaZulu, having changed Middendorp’s mind about letting him go before the end of the transfer window, and will be eager to prove to the German that he made the right decision.   

His coach has suggested that a front three of Castro, Khama Billiat and Samir Nurkovic is something that could be utilised by the Glamour Boys this season as they go in search of more goals, though it remains to be seen whether they will be deployed together on Sunday afternoon.

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Speaking to Chiefs’ official website ahead of this weekend’s tie, the Colombian said, “It was a friendly game but as a striker it is good to score goals. This helps bring your confidence levels up. I feel at this moment the whole team is playing with a high level of confidence because we know where we want to reach. We are moving in the right way.”

Castro has started just one game in the Absa Premiership this season, but his performances against Sundowns in the SHUC and in the win over Cape Town City may change that come this weekend.

Is this how Chiefs could set up against Sundowns on Sunday?


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