Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
1 minute read
23 Oct 2018
11:20 am

Mokwena not losing sleep over Chiefs’ Castro and Billiat

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena is not losing sleep over the Leonardo Castro and Khama Biliat combination ahead of their tie with Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Leonardo Castro celebrates his goal with Kaizer Chiefs teammates Dumisani Zuma and Khama Billiat (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Mokwena worked with the two players during his stint at Mamelodi Sundowns and witnessed many teams fall down because of their attack.

However, Mokwena is not really concerned, particularly about Castro.

“It (Castro and Biliat combination) won’t be important in this match because Castro is injured, well unless there is a miraculous recovery…and knowing Castro from my time at Sundowns, when Castro says he is injured, believe you me, Castro in injured. He will even tell you as a coach that he is injured. In fact, Castro will even go as far as booking a flight to Colombia to spend time with his wife when he is injured,” Mokwena revealed.

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“So, I wouldn’t be surprised if Castro is not in the country. I know Castro very well, I know the pressures he has to deal with every day and to face a Castro that has been out for the last couple of months is a big risk for Chiefs also at the same time because of his condition. If they have him, good luck to them because he brings a different dimension and he has this energy with Biliat. And obviously makes the attack more stronger.”

Pirates are set to face Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on Saturday at 3.30pm.

Tickets for this game are sold out.


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