Midfielder Kaizer Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs’ new number six, Edson Castillo. Image: @KaizerChiefs

Kaizer Chiefs legend assesses ‘R40 million’ Amakhosi midfielder

Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Tinashe Nengomasha says Edson Castillo is an intelligent player but lacks in one critical area.

Midfielder Kaizer Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs’ new number six, Edson Castillo. Image: @KaizerChiefs

Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Tinashe Nengomasha has given his honest assessment of Amakhosi’s new signing Edson Castillo.

The 29-year-old Venezuelan signed with Chiefs this season and within two months, he was already winning fans over. He scored two goals in the MTN8 and three in the DStv Premiership in the first 12 games. After that, the South American lost steam and has since failed to rediscover his form. In the process, Castillo lost his midfield position.

Nengomasha, who played for Kaizer Chiefs for 10 years between 2002 and 2012, praised the Venezuelan midfielder. He said the only weakness Castillo had was a lack of consistency.

“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.

Nengomasha: ‘Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Castillo needs to be consistent’

“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,” said the former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder.

Amakhosi midfielder is valued at around R40 million

Castillo has played 25 matches so far in the league for Amakhosi. The Venezuelan National Football Team also called the midfielder during their recent 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

According to Soccer Laduma, Kaizer Chiefs were willing to listen to the Egyptian giants’ offer for the midfielder. The offer was around R40 million, just a little short of €2 million.