In-form Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Edson Castillo has earned a late call-up to represent the Venezuelan national team ahead of their FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
The team will play against five-time World Cup champions Brazil on Friday.
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Venezuela has never made it to a World Cup throughout their entire footballing history but having to play Brazil early on might be a good thing as it will test if they have what it takes to qualify for the tournament.
Castillo has impressed since his move to Kaizer Chiefs three months ago. He has scored four goals in 12 games in all competitions so far and it comes as no surprise that he is called to the national team.
Venezuela national team head coach Fernando Batista initially left out the Chiefs star but an injury of a player meant that Castillo had to be called as a late replacement. Batista’s side plays Brazil and Chile in the next few days hoping to at least get one win in the two games.
The Kaizer Chiefs man has played for the South American side at the 2021 Copa America and now has a chance to impress Batista.
Venezuela are fifth in the COMNEBOL qualifiers with one win and a defeat in their opening two games but a win against Brazil or Chile could put them in a healthy position to fight for the top-six finish which will guarantee them a World Cup spot.