Kaizer Chiefs have a few former Mamelodi Sundowns players in their ranks, and two of them will be on the spotlight when the two sides meet on Sunday.
Kaizer Chiefs duo return to Loftus
Amakhosi continue with their tough schedule, which takes them to Loftus Versfeld for an all-important league clash that could reshape the title race.
Central to their chances will be strike pair, Leonardo Castro and Khama Billiat, who once called the nation’s capital home.
The duo formed two thirds of the Brazilians’ famous “CBD” forward trio, which also featured Bafana winger Keagan Dolly.
All three players have since departed the club, with Dolly taking his talents to Montpelier in France, while the other two made their way to Kaizer Chiefs within months of each other.
Having finally experienced joy against their former club – albeit in a friendly match – they are both determined to carry that form to the crucial clash on Sunday, as Amakhosi seek to consolidate their spot at the top of the league standings.
Castro and Billiat speak ahead of Sundowns showdown
Castro believes a positive result is important to maintain their good start to the season.
“For me it is an important game. It is as important as all the other games that I have played so far this campaign,” the Colombian is quoted by the Chiefs website.
“We are top of the table and we need to continue working hard. To maintain that spot, we need a good result on Sunday.”
Both players stood out in the recent friendly, with Billiat acting as provider, while Castro banged in the goals in a 4-2 victory.
The Zimbabwean international is not expecting such an emphatic result on Sunday.
“Having played against them recently, we know they are not going to make it easy for us,” Billiat said. “We will go into the game with the right mindset not getting carried away that we beat them a few weeks ago. Right now, it requires a lot of hard work from us and we need to work on the details of the game, which will hopefully help us get the result we want.”
Castro added that his performance during the international break did his confidence wonders.
“It was a friendly game but as a striker it is good to score goals. This helps bring your confidence levels up. I feel at this moment the whole team is playing with a high level of confidence because we know where we want to reach. We are moving in the right way.”
Kick off on Sunday is at 15:00.