By Joana Arries-Tagoe

Colombian forward – Leonardo Castro is hoping Kaizer Chiefs kick-off the 2020/21 Premier Soccer League [PSL] with a win as the Amakhosi host Mamelodi Sundowns this afternoon at the FNB Stadium [Soccer City] in Nasrec, Johannesburg.

Having sustained a hamstring injury against Stellenbosch FC in August, Castro did not play a part in their last match against Sundowns and also watched on from the sidelines as the Amakhosi wobbled, allowing the Brazilians to beat them to the 2019/20 PSL title.

In view of that the Colombian is urging his teammates to start the season on a positive note.

“We want to start the season in a good way,” the striker said.

“It’s a new season with a new coach and a new league, which is now named the DStv Premiership. Everything is different – it’s the beginning of a new era.”

Castro, who scored seven goals last season in 18 league appearances, is getting adjusted to Kaizer Chiefs’ new coach – Gavin Hunt.

“He has brought in a new structure. He’s also very clear with the players in what he wants from each and everyone.”

The Colombian striker described today’s game as an important fixture and wished their vociferous fans should have been given the opportunity to cheer them up inside the stadium.

“It’s the first of a long season of 30 matches and it’s still a long way to go to the finish line.

“But of course, it’s an important game.”

“It’s not nice playing without them. We all feel that something is missing.

“However, we know that our supporters are always with us, even though they can’t come to the stadium at present.”