Why Leonardo Castro retains Kaizer Chiefs' faint league title hopes


The league campaign is now just five games away from its conclusion, and Chiefs find themselves some way behind log leaders Orlando Pirates, who could go 11 points clear of their Soweto rivals on Wednesday night.

With the Nedbank Cup now their most realistic chance of salvaging something from the season, one would imagine there to be little motivation remaining in the Premiership.

However, Castro insists they have not yet thrown in the towel in the title race and retains hope that anything can still happen in the remaining games for them to make ground on the front-runners.

“In my mind, I think we need to be focussed on our team. We need to take points and obviously it’s step by step,” said Castro.

“Really, I don’t feel like this [we’ve lost hope of a title challenge]. Something, maybe, is going to happen until the end [of the season], so we need to take each game and try to take the points.”

The Colombian further added that his presence in the Amakhosi setup is enough personal motivation for him to keep pushing, while that of the team is that the likes of Sundowns, Pirates and Wits could still drop points.

“My motivation is that I’m alive and I’m blessed to be part of the Kaizer Chiefs family, so this is my big motivation,” he added.

“For the team, the motivation is always there. We all know the [few] games we have left now and, like I said, something can still happen before the end – maybe Sundowns is going to drop points, or Pirates or Wits, so we need to be able to win our matches.”

Chiefs next visit Black Leopards at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday afternoon (15h00).