Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Páez was presented to the media today. The Venezuelan striker was signed earlier this week. Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela gave Páez his Gold and Black jersey with number 28 at the back.
The striker was born in Mérida, Venezuela, and started playing soccer at the age of four for local side Academia Emeritense FC. At the age of 19, Páez moved to Interblock in Slovenia. From there on, he played for several clubs, including in Spain and Italy.
During the 2013/2014 season, he played in Venezuela with José Torrealba, who played for Kaizer Chiefs from 2008 until 2011. They were teammates for one season at Deportivo Lara.
“Gutavo is a good striker,” Torrealba comments. “He’s quick and more mature than when I played with him in 2013. He played in several countries. Experiencing such a variety of cultures is very important. I am sure he will do well at Chiefs.”
Captain Itumeleng Khune admitted he is very impressed of what he has seen of Páez at the club during the last few weeks. “Gutavo is mobile. He is quick and he has been scoring in the friendlies we played. He will bring another dimension to the team.”
“Gutavo is not the solution to our goal scoring problems,” Komphela warned, ‘but he will help solve our lack of finishing. Let’s hope he will not be too much pressured and that he gets time to settle.”
Paéz, meanwhile, is delighted to have become a Glamour Boy. “I have already seen some television footage of Kaizer Chiefs games. It’s a big club, one of the best in Africa, and the supporters are simply amazing. They create such a great ambiance in the stadium. I am looking forward to play in front of the fans.”
“It is undoubtedly a wonderful opportunity to join the Kaizer Chiefs Family,” the 26-year-old concludes. “It’s my goal to become an important player for the Club and contribute to winning trophies.”