What changed with Leonardo Castro?


Leonardo Castro was on his way out at Kaizer Chiefs some months ago, but now he’s banging in the goals.

On Wednesday night, the Colombian bagged a brace as Chiefs beat Highlands Park 3-0 at FNB Stadium.

He’s now on 7 goals and 1 assist in just 12 matches, across all competitions.

Last season, he scored the same number of goals, but in 32 matches.

It’s some turnaround, isn’t it?

Chiefs head coach Ernst Middendorp has shed some light on how Castro turned things around.

“Probably it was my fault I don’t know. In May, end of May I didn’t know he was able to speak English in a proper way, no lets be honest , he was very introvert, not really inside the team and he started really showing up in a different way and of course it means ….we did a lot off the field to really unlock the attitude – unlock a certain direction with all this experience we had in this final six months of the season 2018/19,” explained Middendorp.

“I saw it quite quick during the pre-season. What I saw, wow, was something that could work in particular with Samir (Nurkovic) and him to have two players in front who are really putting a stamp in different directions.

“What’s really not known in South Africa is a certain power; physical presence into it, yep, he made a decision quick, everybody was happy that he wanted to stay. He had a very clear understanding, contract was there and we move on,” he added.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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