CAPE TOWN – At long last, Kaizer Chiefs have recruited a striker with known goal-scoring ability after they announced on Saturday that Leonardo Castro will join them in January.
Castro has been in and out of the Mamelodi Sundowns side boasting an embarrassment of riches upfront, and the Columbian has battled to get decent game time at last year’s African champions.
IOL Sport reported in October already that a move for Castro from the Brazilians to the Amakhosi was on the cards, and since then, both club coaches Steve Komphela and Pitso Mosimane have been reluctant to discuss the deal.
But Chiefs let the cat out of the bag on Twitter on Saturday morning, posting: “Breaking News! Castro is a Khosi 4 life! Chiefs & Sundowns have finalised the agreement and Castro will join CHIEFS in January.
“Welcome to the family Castro #KcOneTeam”
The 28-year-old Castro has been with Sundowns since 2015, and formed a feared attacking trio with Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly, which earned them the moniker “CBD”.
Castro returned to Columbia at the end of the season for the birth of his child, but Sundowns also stated that there were moves afoot to relocate his family to South Africa.
His late return to Sundowns saw the likes of Sibusiso Vilakazi and Percy Tau preferred upfront.
But perhaps a move to Chiefs is just what Castro needs, as he could become the main man for the Amakhosi, who have scored just 12 goals in 14 league games this season ahead of tonight’s final Absa Premiership clash against Ajax Cape Town at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.