Kaizer Chiefs striker Leonardo Castro says he is looking forward to an ‘interesting’ Soweto derby encounter against rivals Orlando Pirates.
The Soweto giants will be hoping to redeem themselves in the Telkom Knockout semi-final when they come up against the Buccaneers in the second installment of the Soweto derby on Saturday.
Both teams will want to book their place in the final in the hope of claiming silverware and end their four-year trophy drought.
Castro admits that his side have been working hard during training leading up to this mouth-watering fixture, while admitting that its always special coming up against their Soweto rivals.
‘It’s special to play Orlando Pirates in the semi-final of the Telkom Knockout,’ Castro told his club’s official website. ‘It promises to be an interesting match and we have to take it, as we want to go through.’
The Colombian striker reflects on winning the 2015 edition of the Telkom Knockout with Mamelodi Sundowns when they beat Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 in the final, almost six months after joining the club.
‘It was exciting to win that cup. Every trophy is important,’ he added.
Castro added that Amakhosi have put their recent Soweto derby behind them and are focused on securing a positive result at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.
‘We made a few mistakes. We didn’t really play good football on the day. However, we have since worked hard on fixing those mistakes and we are positive to get a result on Saturday,’ he added.
‘We don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to reach a cup final, although we will take it step-by-step.
‘It’s great that we have taken this game to Durban. It’s already sold out, which means that there will be a fantastic atmosphere at Moses Mabhida Stadium. We love our supporters in KZN. We just need to take our talent onto the field and go out and play.’
Kaizer Chiefs against Orlando kicks off at 3pm.
Photo: Kaizer Chiefs website
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