Cape Town - New Kaizer Chiefs arrival Leonardo Castro says he was
inspired to score by the reception he received from the Amakhosi faithful
when making his debut last weekend.
Castro, who was signed
from Mamelodi Sundowns in the finals days of 2017, made his debut on Sunday in
spectacular style when he came off the bench to net the winner in a 2-1 victory
Even though it was an
away game at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, the Glamour Boys supporters turned up in
their usual large numbers and gave the Colombian a very warm welcome.
"I was already
excited to make my debut and the chanting (of his name) made it even more
special. I could really feel it and it was so motivating. From that moment I
knew that I would score," he told the club's website.
"I was happy, especially
as we were one-man down at the time. I told the others after coming on to just
focus. Luckily it all worked out nicely, as we needed those three points.
America, including Colombia, most stadiums are always full. So, when I saw all
those Kaizer Chiefs supporters I felt at home. It was wonderful. To see all the
supporters coming out to be behind the team that's so encouraging for the
are fantastic and the people are also very nice. There is a great family
atmosphere at the Village, which is good to see. I feel right at home.
"It's the biggest
club in South African soccer. And this emblem (he touches the Kaizer Chiefs
logo with his hand) has to be the number one - we want to be the champion!
"I want to score
goals and to make history - I want my name to become part of the club's rich
history. I also want to achieve with Chiefs internationally, including winning
the CAF Champions League."
Castro went on to
reveal his role model, former Arsenal and Barcelona marksman Thierry Henry.
"He made his team
play," he explained. "I copied some things of the way Henry finished
and always looked what he did in certain game situations. An example is my goal
against Baroka FC – I received the ball and finished. Those are some of the
aspects I learnt while watching Henry play."
In terms of the
training ground, the Colombian believes that there is no substitute for hard
"I try to always
do something extra," he said. "For example, on the Tuesday after the
Baroka FC match, we only had a gym session.
"However, I still
went with 'Shabba' (Siphiwe Tshabalala), Gustavo Paez and Ryan Moon to the
pitch to practice on crossing and finishing. Life is simple; you get out what
you put in."
Castro could now be
set to face his former club when Chiefs host Sundowns at the FNB Stadium on
Kick-off is at 20:15.