Páez enjoys a full house

Kaizer Chiefs games at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium are usually packed to capacity. “Like every footballer, I enjoy playing in a full house and that often happens in Durban,” enthuses Gustavo Páez.

Kaizer Chiefs are presently in fourth position on the Absa Premiership log, having scored seven goals, while conceding four.

Amakhosi host Baroka FC at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, 30 September (kick-off at 18:00). Bakgaga are in second position on the log standings, having 12 points (versus Chiefs’ nine) and have netted nine times, while having gotten four goals against.

“They are a fast running side,” Páez says about Baroka, “scoring a lot of goals. It means that we have to be focussed and be careful defensively. On the other hand, we must create chances and finish them.”

The striker has been in excellent form this season, netting three goals in six league matches. The Venezuelan joined Chiefs in January, scoring twice in the league and another three in cup games before the end of the season.

During the break, Páez mentioned that he was looking at scoring 10 goals in the 2017/2018 season. “I have revised this target,” the hard-running striker comments, “I want to get another five before Christmas and I am now looking at scoring 15 for the season.”

The Venezuelan is impressed about the standard of football in South Africa. Páez always tells his family and friends back home: “It’s top class football. Also, any city we visit, as Kaizer Chiefs, we play at home.”

He’s looking forward to Saturday’s league fixture against Baroka, especially because of the expected great atmosphere in the stadium, with the supporters coming out in full force behind the team.

“In Durban, we usually get 30 000 to 50 000 people in the stadium. That vibe at Moses Mabhida is something special,” Páez concludes. “If the stadium is full, players run harder and, as a striker, I want to score and make things happen.”

Tickets are available at Shoprite/Checkers and Computicket at R60.