Many were left stupefied when Leonardo Castro
sent his new Kaizer Chief followers into delirium with a cracker of a goal last
So great was the goal that Amakhosi’s
general manager Bobby Motaung, who sometimes shares his father Kaizer Motaung’s
phlegmatism, was shown on television applauding for what seemed an eternity.
It was not just the technique used by the
Colombian marksman, but the part of goal that was rattled by the shot that made
it a beauty to behold and it surely is a contender for goal of the season.
This was Castro’s first game - coming in
as a late substitute - to give Chiefs a much-needed 2-1 victory over their
nemesis Baroka FC.
Prior to this game, the Phefeni Glamour
Boys had found Bakgaga to be a tough nut to crack since the latter’s days in
lower divisions. It was in fact Chiefs’ first victory over the Limpopo side.
However, what’s more intriguing is that
Castro had just moved from Tshwane’s (Pretoria to the old school) Mamelodi
Sundowns to join Amakhosi.
And as soccer gods are so wont to get it
right, the timing could never had been better as the two soccer giants met at
the FNB Stadium this past Saturday evening.
Football aficionados’ appetite had already
been whetted in anticipation of seeing how he was to perform against his former
club. Some even suggest that maybe he should be left out of the starting
line-up to protect him from the pressure.
And indeed, Chiefs coach Steve Komphela left
him out of the starting line-up, despite the club being desperate for points to
keep up with ’Downs.
Before moving to Chiefs - Castro was part
of that destructive CBD that took Sundowns to dizzy heights in the past seasons
that saw the club live up its slogan “The Sky is the Limit”. To the uninitiated, CBD was an acronym coined
by one football fundi that I fail to pinpoint, for Castro, Kama Billiat and Keagan
But he had fallen down the rung when he
It might have been dismantled somehow with
Dolly moving overseas, Castro now at Chiefs and Billiat being linked with a
move overseas if not to one of the Sundowns’ Johannesburg-based rivals but The
Brazilians remain firm favourites to lift this season’s Absa Premiership title.
Just to add more flavour to this game,
Chiefs also have Ramahlwe Mphahlele, the right-back signed from Sundowns.
It is not only in South Africa that the
transfer period throws some intriguing movement of players.
In Europe, some are still going to take
some time to get used to Brazilian midfield maestro Phillippe Coutinho donning
Barcelona colours after his move from the Red of Liverpool.
He had a lackluster game in his first
match on Sunday against Alaves.
Why, there are still those who do not
associate his countryman Neymar Jr with French side Paris Saint-Germain.
In the English Premiership, we will have
to get used to seeing Alexis Sanchez in the red of Manchester United instead of
Arsenal colours. He made his debut against Yeoville in an FA Cup tie on Friday.
Another move that came as a shock in
England during this January open-window period, is that of Theo Walcott from
Arsenal to Everton.
Why, I still get confused seeing Petr Cech
in Arsenal’s goals instead of those of Chelsea where he was for what seemed
And here at home, speculation is still
rife that Billiat might end up moving just across from Tshwane to Johannesburg
while Bidvest Wits captain Thulani Hlatshwayo was linked with a move to Orlando
That’s another fascinating facet of this
period, it usually becomes very difficult to decipher between fact and mere
With the January open-window transfer
period about to come down and some clubs known to wait until the last day more
especially for big-name signings, brace yourself for extreme excitement.
And that’s the rollercoaster that makes us
this game so much because it does not provide intrigue on the field but off it
S'Busiso Mseleku is regarded as one of Africa's leading
sports journalists and an authority on football. He has received some of
the biggest awards in a career spanning over 30 years. He is currently
City Press Sports Editor.
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