Leonardo Castro could write his name into the Kaizer Chiefs history books this weekend as he looks to set a shock record for the Glamour Boys against Orlando Pirates…
Amakhosi face the Buccaneers on Saturday afternoon as the two teams battle it out for bragging rights in the latest edition of the Soweto Derby, with this game having an added subplot given the fact that both teams still find themselves in the running for the Absa Premiership title this season.
Ernst Middendorp and Josef Zinnbauer are yet to face off against each other since they took on the roles of head coach at the Soweto giants, and it will be interesting to see which German comes out on top at FNB Stadium come 18h00 on Saturday.
Meanwhile, despite having been at the club just over two years, Chiefs’ Colombian forward could become their top scorer in the Soweto Derby in the Premier Soccer League era should he grab another goal against Pirates, with the 30-year-old currently tied with Siphiwe Tshabalala on four goals in all competitions.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns hitman is still a way off the overall record for a Chiefs player against Pirates though, with the legendary Ace Ntsoelengoe holding the record for most goals in a derby for either side, scoring 19 during his days with the club after getting his first back in 1971.
The turn of the year means that this weekend’s clash between two of Africa’s biggest clubs celebrate 50 years of the Soweto Derby, and a win for either side could have big repercussions for their title ambitions.
Should Zinnbauer’s side pick up a ‘home’ victory on Saturday then they will close Chiefs’ lead over them to just three points, but a win for the Glamour Boys would take them eight points clear and severely dent Bucs’ hopes of catching Middendorp’s men.
Castro, who is expected to feature at FNB Stadium, will be hoping that he can play a role in making sure the latter happens, positioning himself in Amakhosi history in the process.
Do you think Castro can grab another goal v Pirates this weekend?