Former Chiefs striker Castro finally finds new home

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Leonardo Castro has finally found a new club nine months after being offloaded by Kaizer Chiefs.
Leonardo Castro has finally found a new club nine months after being offloaded by Kaizer Chiefs.

Leonardo Castro has become the latest player discarded by Kaizer Chiefs in June 2022 to finally find a new employer after nine months on the football scrapheap.

Castro – who is due to turn 34 – has been back home in Colombia since Chiefs decided against renewing his contract at the end of June after four-and-a-half years at Naturena where he scored 29 goals.

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The 33-year-old had joined Amakhosi from Mamelodi Sundowns where he spent 30 months.

The Colombian has now packed up and headed up north from home in Bogota to the United States of America

In the US, Castro has joined USL League One (third tier league) club Greenville Triumph SC ahead of the start of the new season which gets underway on Sunday for the South Carolina based club.

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Greenville host Richmond Kickers on Sunday.

The US club has confirmed the signing of Castro pending league and federation approval.

"We’re delighted we’ve been able to secure Leo’s services," John Harkes, the club’s head coach and sporting director is quoted as saying by the club website.

"He’s a top professional, a great leader, and brings much-needed quality and composure in the attacking third.

"His experiences throughout his career show that not only can he score goals, but that he likes to be in competitive environments.

"His winning attitude brings influence to the team culture and attitude of the squad.

"We’re excited to welcome Leo and his family into our soccer family," says Harkes.

With Castro having found a new club this leaves Lebogang Manyama and Samir Nurkovic as the two players without clubs of the crew released by Chiefs.

The rest have moved on with Daniel Akpeyi at Swallows, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Dumisani Zuma (both AmaZulu), Daniel Cardoso, Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya (both Sekhukhune United), Bernard Parker (TS Galaxy), Teddy Akumu (Sagan Tosu, Japan), Kearyn Baccus (Macarthur FC, Australia), and Lazarous Kambole (ZESCO United).

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