Castro eyes 'Downs semi-final spot

2016-12-08 09:34
Leonardo Castro (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns striker Leonardo Castro believes his team has what it takes to advance to the semi-final of the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.

The Brazilians qualified for the world showpiece competition after winning the CAF Champions League.

Castro hopes to face Copa Libertadores champions Atletico Nacional from his home country Colombia.

"First of all I'm really focused on winning the first match. I'm really looking forward to playing against Atletico Nacional from my home country in the semi-final," he told KickOff.

"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."

On the other hand, Sundowns defender Mzikayise Mashaba has set his sights on a dream final against Real Madrid on December 18.

"I'm very happy to be able to play in such a wonderful tournament held in such a great country like Japan. It's a bit colder than in South Africa but people here are very kind and I felt the town, roads are organised.

"We want to advance all the way to the final and play against Real Madrid in the final."

Read more on:    mamelodi sundowns  |  psl  |  leonardo castro  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Mamelodi Sundowns v Polokwane City, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Chippa United v AmaZulu FC, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
Baroka FC v Orlando Pirates, Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Cape Town City FC v Platinum Stars, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
Kaizer Chiefs v SuperSport United, FNB Stadium 19:30
Free State Stars v Wits, Goble Park 19:30
Maritzburg United v Ajax Cape Town, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
Golden Arrows v Bloemfontein Celtic, Princess Magogo Stadium 19:30
Tuesday, 12 September 2017
Free State Stars v Mamelodi Sundowns, Goble Park 19:30
AmaZulu FC v Maritzburg United, King Zwelithini Stadium 19:30
Chippa United v Baroka FC, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
Polokwane City v Bloemfontein Celtic, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Ajax Cape Town, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 PSL season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.