Mbesuma: Did Castro really help Chiefs?


Golden Boot record holder Collins Mbesuma has informed Kaizer Chiefs' current strikers, particularly Leonardo Castro, why they have left no legacy yet despite what they may think of themselves.

Amakhosi's three main strikers Samir Nurkovic (11), Leonardo Castro (7) and Bernard Parker (0) have scored 18 league goals between them this season.

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Even if you consider Khama Billiat (1) a forward and add the versatile Lebogang Manyama's six goals, the total is 25 goals between five attacking players – the same number Mbesuma scored for Amakhosi on his own 15 years ago.

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'Ntofontofo’ plundered 25 goals during the 2004/05 season as Ted Dumitru's side won their second league title in a row, setting a PSL record for most goals scored in a single league season.

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He is untouchable at Naturena thanks to his goalscoring and trophy-winning exploits, thus making him well qualified to share his opinion about those who are paid to find the back of the net for Chiefs.

"What I can say as a striker is, if the team never won anything then for me it's a bad season, it's not a good season for a striker," Mbesuma tells KickOff.com.

The Zambian legend was asked about Castro, whose future is the subject of much speculation, but he is not convinced the Colombian has done enough to warrant an amicable departure.

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"If Chiefs can win something then I will say ja, he's done enough. So if this season they can win something, then I will give it to him that this season they have done well," he insists.

There have been rumours circling that Castro wants to be allowed to visit his family overseas more often, like he used to at Sundowns. Whether true or not, Mbesuma feels any talk of Castro being homesick doesn't make sense.

"That one is a difficult one you know because work is work, and home is home," he argues.

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"No matter if you can be here how many years, one day you will go back home. Like home is home. So for me I don't understand that one of going home and coming back, going home and coming back...

"Ja, sometimes because we have Christmas plans and we are given off-season, but I think that's enough because football is a short career you know.

"So for me I don't know, if he says he is homesick then it's a difficult one. It's up to him if he wants to go home."

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