Kaizer Chiefs striker Gustavo Paez is enjoying his football at Kaizer Chiefs although he is not playing 90 minutes. He has scored a number of goals for Amakhosi and has shown a lot of passion for scoring goals. The Venezuelan striker is also wanted by Mamelodi Sundowns as they are promising to pay him millions a month. As things stand, Paez is enjoying his stint with Chiefs and not ready to move to any team in the PSL although it will depend on negotiations for a new contract at Chiefs.
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela thinks people should not be too quick to judge new striker Gustavo Paez after his first start in Amakhosi colours. Chiefs travelled to Athlone Stadium to face Ajax Cape Town in an Absa Premiership clash on Saturday, with the two sides sharing the spoils following a 1-1 draw.
Venezuelan striker Paez was handed his first start for the Glamour Boys ahead of Bernard Parker, who came on as a substitute in the 79th minute. Chiefs head coach Komphela is aware the striker, who failed to score in the encounter, can do better, but implored his club’s supporters not to judge the 26-year-old based on his first start for the team since joining in January.
“I think we shouldn’t be too quick to judge, because I am sure the time is spent on the field, it would be unjust for us to come up with a conclusive assessment. Paez only started today (Saturday) his first match, he has been coming in 20, 15 minutes as a sub and we have played how many matches in the second round, three, four? So, honestly, it would be suicidal of me to come up with a judgement,” Komphela told members of the media at a post-match press conference.
“That he can do better? Yes. How can he do better? By us playing to his strength, one of his strengths is movement of the ball. Do we see him early? We could see him earlier. Does he get the space he wants? Did Ajax give him the space? Behind yes, but between the players in a group, they rarely did that, so all those are dynamics that, when you do your analysis, you take into consideration, not conclusive.
“You are only looking at the player and what you expect to see out of him, there are also influencing factors around. Now when you factor all of those, then you can conclude. I am not in a position to, currently,” he said.
Kaizer Chiefs are now on song and back to their winning ways as they managed to defeat Chippa United in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout Cup. Chiefs will face face in the semifinals at Bidvest Stadium where it has been difficult for them to win over the years. In the other semifinal, Polokwane city will host Bloemfontein Celtic at Peter Mokaba Stadium this month. The PSL will make a final decision regarding the exact dates and venues in due course.
Paez is loved by Chefs fans all over the country and is looking to give back to Chiefs fans with scoring a number of goals for the team and also by winning a few trophies before he cold decide to head back home to Venezuela.