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.”
“We have signed Gustavo Paez on a two and half year deal,” confirms Football Manager Bobby Motaung. “We invited Paez for trials after identifying him through our scouting network. 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.
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.”
Motaung also revealed that discussions have started with Lucky Baloyi and Tsepo Masilela. “We have been talking with the camps of both players,” adds Motaung. “It is still work in progress and we will update on the status of all the discussions in due course.”
Motaung also said negotiations are going on to release Edward Manqele and Siphelele Mthembu from their contracts. “Manqele and Mthembu have had ample time to exert themselves in the team,” Motaung comments. “Unfortunately things didn’t go as anticipated. Therefore, we are busy negotiating an exit deal with the two players. We hope everything will go smooth and the two players will have a chance to continue their careers elsewhere.”
Going into the final half of the season, Motaung calls for support. “We are going to challenge for the league and the Nedbank Cup in this final stretch of the league,” vows Motaung. “To win, we need ‘All hands on deck’; the supporters must rally behind the team. We appeal to the supporters to continue supporting the team until the last match of the season. Let’s give all the players a chance to express themselves. We need positive energy at the stadium in order for the players to deliver.”
On the closing of the transfer window period today, Motaung concludes, “Talent identification is an on-going process and it never stops. We are also in the process of developing players at our youth academy.”