Chiefs Reveal Plans For Castro
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Stuart Baxter has revealed their plan for striker Leonardo Castro after his injury lay-off.
The return of the Colombia striker brings about a sense of intrigue with the possibility of the famed ‘CBD’ returning between himself, Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly. The trio that won the CAF Champions League with Mamelodi Sundowns back in 2016.
With Samir Nurkovic still on the mend, it will be some time until he returns to full fitness and Castro’s four-minute cameo in the 1-0 win over Maritzburg United will be one of many games he will slowly be used on the periphery as Baxter – who was pleased with the win – looks to ease him back to full match fitness.
“We changed at half-time, we asked the players to be braver and press higher, we moved the backline quicker, we linked to our front players and combined quicker and I thought the second half was very comfortable – I can’t remember being nervous,” Baxter said after the game.
“It was nice to see us scoring from a set-play and we managed the game quite well even though I think we can do better. Nice to see Leo Castro back on the field, he’s not ready by a long way yet but I’m hoping to give him a few ten minutes before having him back.
“Can’t get much better [than a clean sheet away from home] and from a set-play. We’re talking about away from, what we need to do to get three points. Everything we spoke about we did better this evening. So without playing that sort of champagne football, it was a game that we did a very good job on.”
The former Sundowns striker admitted that it’s been a challenge to return to training mid-way through the season when speaking to the club’s official website.
“It is difficult because the season is on already and for me, there was no time to do a pre-season or friendly games or get into the rhythm,” Castro said. “It was quite difficult, but I am going to work hard to help my team.”
Castro has scored 19 goals and registered nine assists in 111 games for Amakhosi since joining the club from Masandawana in January 2018 in a deal worth a reported R2-million.