Chiefs’ Castro set to face old employers Sundowns in crunch clash
Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns are set to clash in a top of the table contest at the FNB Stadium on Saturday night, in which former Sundowns striker Leonardo Castro could feature against his old side.
JOHANNESBURG - Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns are set to clash in a top of the table contest at the FNB Stadium on Saturday night, in which former Sundowns striker Leonardo Castro could feature against his old side.
Only five points separate top of the log Sundowns and third placed Chiefs on the Premiership table, and both sides know that the clash is a potential title swaying contest. A victory for Sundowns means that they will stretch ahead of the chasing pack, and all three points for the Glamour Boys keeps them within touching distance of the African champions.
Recent history between the two sides has been in favour of Chiefs, who won the last two encounters against their Pretoria rivals. The contest generally produces plenty of goals and entertainment for the fans of both clubs. In the last two encounters that Chiefs have won against Sundowns, six goals have been scored, both with a 2-1 score line.
Both coaches want that goal scoring aspect to continue at the FNB Stadium on Saturday, and with the two clubs possessing two quality marksmen in their arsenals, those wishes could well be fulfilled.
The two clubs have been heavily involved in the current January transfer market, both bringing in deadly strikers to boost their chances in front of goal. Sundowns have brought in long time target, Jeremy Brockie from fellow Pretoria side SuperSport United, but for Chiefs they have an ace up their sleeve in former Sundowns man, Castro, who has already scored in the colors of his new club.
The Colombian scored the winner on his Chiefs debut in their 2-1 victory over Baroka, and Chiefs fans are salivating at the possibility of Castro tormenting his former teammates from Chloorkop on Saturday.
Head coach Steve Khompela hinted that Castro could play a role in the match against Sundowns.
“I can’t tell you if he will start, because he will plan for that, but what I can say is that Leo has settled in quickly and has been preparing very well for this game.”
Khompela also made mention of the fact that Castro and fellow South American Gustavo Paez get along well, as they both speak Spanish to each other.
“It’s nice that Leo and Paez can speak Spanish together, that makes Leo feel more at home.”
It is just a matter of time now before we see the two South American’s head up Chiefs’ striking force as the side makes a full assault at the Premiership title.
The game at FNB Stadium kicks off at 20:15 on Saturday night.