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Chiefs’ Big Decision On Castro

Whether Ernst Middendorp remains Kaizer Chiefs coach is still unclear, but the future of one of the key strikers is also now in doubt.

Leonardo Castro came off the bench with one minute to go in the Nedbank Cup final against NFD side TS Galaxy at the weekend, a match Amakhosi lost 1-0 and suffered arguably the biggest shame in the club’s history. 

Read: Crunch Talks At Chiefs Over Middendorp 

When asked about the decision to leave the Colombian striker out of his starting line-up in a game of that magnitude, coach Middendorp suggested Castro may not be pulling his weight.  

“We made the decision to start without him for a certain reason – what we have seen lately, and we thought the better solution was the players who started. It is something that puts us on the edge to talk about players individually and I won’t want to do it,” Middendorp, who has been critical of Castro in the past, told the media.

Read: Coach's Corner: Pitso On Transfers - What He Is Really Saying 

The Siya crew reported in March already that Chiefs were set to make a big decision on Castro’s future as they are concerned there has not been a return on investment on the former Mamelodi Sundowns hitman given his lack of goals since arriving at the club in January last year. Castro, contracted to Chiefs until June next year, has now finished his first full season at Naturena with only seven goals and seven assists from 30 games.  

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