Chiefs striker's future in doubt

A Kaizer Chiefs forward's future at the club has come under scrutiny and he could well find himself looking for a new job soon.

If his recent game-time, or lack thereof, is not enough to indicate that Leonardo Castro’s value at Chiefs has diminished since arriving at Naturena one and a half season ago, coach Ernst Middendorp has further confirmed doubts over his value and contribution.

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The 30-year-old has not had the best of seasons despite making 21 appearances in the league and managed just two starts in Amakhosi’s last eight matches.

He has previously been criticised for not giving 100 percent during his time at Mamelodi Sundowns and more recently by Middendorp, who has also explained why he was reduced to a final-minute substitution in their Nedbank Cup final defeat to TS Galaxy on Saturday.

“We made the decision to start without him for a certain reason [based on] what we had seen lately, and the better solution was the starting eleven plus Zuma.

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“It is definitely something that we’re on the verge of talking about, the performance of a player and so on, but I will not do it.”

According to sources within the Glamour Boys camp, offloading the Colombian is part of the plan to also open up a foreign spot as the club looks to bring in reinforcements.

Chiefs already parted ways with five players over the last three weeks, including Pule Ekstein, Gustavo Paez and Virgil Vries, as they prepare for another overhaul ahead of next season.

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