“We invited Paez for trials after identifying him through our scouting network,” said Motaung, adding: “The team has been playing well and creating ample chances but we’ve struggled to convert them, ”
Kaizer Chiefs have scored eighteen goals in fifteen matches.
Gustavo Paez (26), Venezuelan national with an Italian passport, arrived in Naturena as a free agent.
Paez played the last two seasons for Venezuela’s Sociedad Civil Estudiantes De Merida FC.
“In the period he spent with us on trial, we observed aspects that we need in the team,” comments Motaung. “He has good technical abilities and is a team player. We welcome him and wish him all of the best. There are no guarantees in football but we are confident that he will form part of the solution in our goal scoring area.”
Amakhosi also welcome the return of Camaldine Abraw, who underwent knee surgery at the beginning of the season. “We are happy with the recovery of Abraw,” says Motaung. “He is back in full training and we have reregistered him.”
Abraw is a marksman, which is a clear indication of intent to improve the Amakhosi’s firing line.
Following Lorenzo Gordinho’s contract extension, Amakhosi are delighted to confirm another extension. Erick ‘Tower’ Mathoho has renewed his stay. “We are glad Tower has signed a new deal with us,” says Motaung.
“Tower signed a three-year extension to his existing contract.” Good news, the ‘Tough as Teak’ defender has committed to remain at Naturena until 2020. Chiefs have so far kept the most clean sheets in the league and are amongst the teams that conceded the least number of goals, twelve from fifteen matches in the league.
Paez’s signing and the contract extensions follow hot on the heels of the arrival of Joseph ‘Tight’ Molangoane whose signing was finalised towards the end of 2016. “Remember, it is not long ago that we concluded the signing of Molangoane in November,” reacts Motaung. “Tight came in and has already showed his class by giving us some dimension in the team.”
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