Steve Komphela: Gustavo Paez has settled in at Kaizer Chiefs


Paez has made eight appearances and scored once since his signing at the end of January.

On Saturday his persistence led to Bangaly Soumahoro scoring an own goal as Chiefs recorded a huge win against Mamelodi Sundowns that gives them the momentum they need in this title race.

“I think he has settled down. He has settled in,” says Komphela.
“Even himself if you ask him, even some of his media utterances, you listen to him. Sometimes as coaches when we ask a player ‘what do you think’ or ‘how do you feel’ they might not necessarily give you the exact answer, you only get the exact answer when you read from a third party. After he has spoken to you that I am starting to understand the football in South Africa blah blah blah. Then you as a coach you say my observation at the training field is now verified by what he says. So I think he is settling down and he will get his chance,” says Komphela.

Playing as a second striker Paez has had to patiently work his way up as an option for Bernard Parker, who has provided most of the goals of all attacking players this season.

“And again I think Parker, there was a stage when we were not scoring consistently and then Parker starting scoring from Golden Arrows this and that. He makes a big difference. From then what do you do? Do you kill his motivation? No. You keep playing him whilst you are saying I want to see Paez and Paez is doing well. Bring him in and put him in the pocket when and if needed you throw him in and then you keep tell him that you will get a full chance and that is how it works. Sometimes you sign these players to use them and those who are not being used must also understand that their chance will come. Out of the 20 in camp there is also 10 at home. So it is better you are in camp than to be at home, it is better to be on the field than to be on the bench. So you must always appreciate the little time that you get with the team,” he explains.