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Nengomasha’s honest assessment of Kaizer Chiefs’ Edson Castillo

Retired footballer Tinashe Nengomasha has made an honest assessment of Kaizer Chiefs’ Edson Castillo amid his dip in form at the club.

The Venezuelan joined Kaizer Chiefs in July last year and was an instant hit for The Glamour Boys. He scored two goals in the MTN8 and three in the DStv Premiership in the space of three months.

At some point, Castillo appeared to be Amakhosi’s best signing for the 2023/24 season. However, the 29-year-old lost steam along the way as the team struggled to produce the desired results.

In truth, Castillo has been a pale shadow of how he performed in the first half of the season. Former midfielder Nengomasha believes Castillo has not done enough to remain at the top of his game.


Tinashe Nengomasha has made an honest assessment of Kaizer Chiefs' Edson Castillo
Edson Castillo in action

The Zimbabwean, Nengomasha, acknowledges that Castillo is an intelligent player, but lacking consistency has been his Achilles heel.

“Before we talk of team consistency, the player has to be consistent at individual level. So a team should be made up of consistent individuals who the coach can lead,” Nengomasha told FARPost.

“He is an intelligent player, but perhaps his main challenge has been the failure to be consistent as an individual. The nature of his position in the team needs someone who is self-driven, someone who can be an engine of the team. To hold the fort when it’s hot or cold. You must be an all-weather machine.

“So, for me, it’s that attribute that he has lacked, but otherwise, he is a talented player. For someone, who is a foreigner, he needs to pull up his socks to justify why the team had faith in him.”

Nengomasha was exceptional in the central midfield role during his time at the Naturena.

He won several awards since he joined Kaizer Chiefs, including the PSL ‘Footballer of the Year’ for the 2003/2004 season. The ‘General’ also accounted for the ‘Player’s Player of the Season’ 2003/2004.

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