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Castro eyes passage to TKO final

Kaizer Chiefs striker Leonardo Castro has admitted they were not at their best in the previous Soweto Derby but is confident of changing their fortunes with a cup final at stake.

It is once again time for the biggest fixture in the country to take centre-stage as rivals Chiefs and Orlando Pirates face off in the high-stakes Telkom Knockout semi-final this weekend.

READ: Chiefs welcome boost for TKO derby

This time, the fixture has been moved to Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium due to a prior event booking at the traditional home of the Derby – FNB Stadium.

Having featured in his first Derby last month, Castro is engrossed in the ocassion of the two Soweto giants meeting and expects a fiery affair on Saturday afternoon (15h00 kick-off).

β€œIt’s special to play Orlando Pirates in the semi-final of the Telkom Knockout. It promises to be an interesting match and we have to take it, as we want to go through [to the final],” Castro told his club’s website.

The last time the two sides met, The Buccaneers walked away 2-1 victors – taking home the three points and the bragging rights.

However, this time history beckons for both clubs, given their respective trophy droughts proving a massive monkey on their backs, and the Colombian hitman is adamant they have improved enough to end their 10-game winless run against Pirates.

However, this time history beckons for both clubs, given their respective trophy droughts proving a massive monkey on their backs, and the Colombian hitman is adamant they have improved enough to end their 10-game winless run against Pirates.

β€œWe made a few mistakes [in the last Derby]. We didn’t really play good football on the day,” he admitted.

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