Kaizer Chiefs news: Why Leonardo Castro rejected North Africa for Amakhosi switch


Leonardo Castro rejected the chance for a move to North Africa for Kaizer Chiefs in 2018 and his agent has now explained the reason behind his decision.

The 30-year-old joined Chiefs from Mamelodi Sundowns in January 2018 after winning the Absa Premiership, Telkom Knockout, CAF Champions League and Super Cup over a three-year stint.

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And despite attracting interest from the Botola Pro and Egyptian Premier League, he opted to remain in South Africa for a move to their domestic rivals in a reported R2-million transfer.

With 20 goals and nine assists in 68 games since his arrival, the Colombian has become an integral part of the current league leaders, whilst forming a formidable partnership up front with Samir Nurkovic.

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"There was interest from Egyptian and Moroccan clubs with former Sundowns player Castro, but his club refused his departure," his agent Joao Bittencourt admitted to On-Time Sports.

"[This was] before he received a bigger offer from Kaizer Chiefs and he agreed to accept it [and leave Sundowns]."

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The Colombian, who also represents Masandawana dawana star Gaston Sirino, went on to admit he's looking to lure some of North Africa's biggest stars to South America.

"I am a good follower of the Egyptian league, and I would like to bring players to Egyptian clubs from South America," he added.

"Al-Ahly and Zamalek also have distinguished players, such as Ali Maaloul, Ramadan Sobhi, Tariq Hamid, Ferjani Sassi and Ashraf bin Sharqi."