Monday Column: Is Castro right oil for Chiefs?



Kaizer Chiefs announced the signing of Colombian striker Leonardo Castro over the weekend, but is he the right piece to Steve Komphela’s puzzle?

Castro’s stay at Chloorkop was set to end in June next year but, after an agreement between Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns, he is set to join his new club in the next two weeks.

Why the move could work:

The 28-year-old formed part of the celebrated ‘CBD’ trinity in his first season at Sundowns, and gained widespread plaudits as he contributed 15 goals in 35 appearances in all competitions.

With Amakhosi closing in on a third season without silverware, a fully focused Castro could be an immediate solution as Komphela continues his chase for a maiden trophy as a coach.

And, at just over 1,8 metres tall, the South American certainly brings a different dimension to their attack, with Gustavo Paez, Bernard Parker and Dumisani Zuma all lacking in aerial presence.

Chiefs’ current approach using wing-backs also complements their new signing, who can be efficient with balls played into the danger area, using both his feet and head.

Meanwhile, ‘Leo’ will bring added competition to the Chiefs striking department that might well force the likes of Paez, Parker and Zuma to raise their games in order to get regular playing time, ultimately benefitting the output of the team as a whole.

Why the move might not work:

Over the last two seasons Castro has managed just one goal in 27 appearances, having made only three outings this season largely due to his "focus" being elsewhere, according to coach Pitso Mosimane.

The Colombian journeyman is now set to turn out for the 10th club of his career – possibly a sign of commitment issues that should be of some concern for Chiefs.

While his arrival may lift the level of competition amongst the strikers, failure to hit the mark could open the door for Komphela to return to his tried and trusted options as the season reaches fever pitch.