Leonardo Castro hopes to meet Atletico Nacional in Club World Cup semifinal
Posted: 7 December 2016 Time: 09:43
Mamelodi Sundowns striker Leonardo Castro has already set his sights on a semifinal spot at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.
The Brazilians touched down in Osaka and received their official welcome from FIFA general coordinator Luis Castro on Tuesday evening.
Upon their arrival, the Colombian frontman wasted no time in turning his focus to their opening match on Sunday, and hopes to meet Copa Libertadores champions Atletico Nacional in the next round.
“First of all I'm really focused on winning the first match,” Castro told FIFA.com.
“I'm really looking forward to playing against a club [Atletico Nacional] from my home country in the semi-final.
“I've played in several tournaments in South America so I don't feel the pressure, and I believe we will get a good result if we play our style.
"We want to make this event a special and great experience.”
Atletico will meet the winner of the quarter-final clash between Sundowns and either Kashima Antlers or Auckland City next Wednesday in Osaka.
Meanwhile, defender Mzikayise Mashaba added that the African champions' main aim is to advance all the way to the final on December 18, and hopes they will meet Spanish giants Real Madrid.
“I'm very happy to be able to play in such a wonderful tournament held in such a great country like Japan," added Mashaba.
It's a bit colder than in South Africa but people here are very kind and I felt the town, roads are very organised.
“We want to advance all the way to the final and play against Real Madrid in the final.”