Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
2 minute read
24 Feb 2018
10:00 am

Castro explains Kaizer Chiefs move

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Leonardo Castro came to Kaizer Chiefs because he felt the team are hungry for success after going for two years without a trophy.

Leonardo Castro of Kaizer Chiefs during the Kaizer Chiefs Media Open Day at Kaizer Chiefs Villag. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

The lanky Colombian striker said he feels the hunger his team-mates and supporters have and is there to help the team achieve.

“When you play for big teams, you are always under pressure,” said the 28-year-old former Mamelodi Sundowns man. “This is nothing compared to the pressure in South America where people are mad and you can’t walk on the streets if you have lost a game. Here it is nothing.

“We obviously understand that the fans have hunger for trophies. We are also hungry. I came here because I want to be a champion. I know the team is hungry after going two years without a trophy,” he added.

Castro had to leave Sundowns when he spent more time on the stands than on the pitch and he admitted that it affected his confidence.

“I didn’t play for a while at Sundowns. I felt like I was losing my profile and confidence in the last months there. Now I feel better. I feel that Leo is back. I work hard every day to improve my profile again. The coach and the guys here gave me the confidence to show what I can do. I just have to make them proud,” he said.

Castro – who scored on debut during Amakhosi’s 2-1 win over Baroka last month – said he is now focusing on getting his fitness back so he can play the whole 90 minutes so he can score more goals.

“I am getting better. Now I feel like I can finish the game. I want to finish matches because most chances are created in the last 10 or so minutes. But I am happy because the team is winning,” he said.

Amakhosi trail log leaders Sundowns by five points following the Tshwane giants’ 1-1 draw with Free State Stars on Wednesday night and will be looking to narrow the gap even further when they host Bloemfontein Celtic at FNB Stadium at 8.15 tonight.

“I don’t think about Sundowns. Sundowns are another team and I am at Chiefs. If Chiefs are winning than we might get something at the end of the season. We now need to win every game to ensure we have something for the Chiefs family to be proud of,” he said.