Paez’s signing was however met with some disgruntlement as his scoring record didn’t inspire confidence.
But the 27-year-old has shown to be an intelligent attacker whose easily deceives markers with his quick runs on their blind spots. His passing is also good and his eye for goal is no longer under doubt having scored four times – three in the Nedbank Cup and once in the Absa Premiership.
Komphela will be hoping the striker can get add to the one league goal he has already scored when they host Golden Arrows at FNB Stadium this evening. Arrows have previously given Amakhosi a good run for their money, and with their position in the top eight not guaranteed as yet, Clinton Larsen’s team will look to cause an upset at FNB.
The Venezuelan forward said it was difficult when he joined the team, having to compete with eight other strikers for a starting berth. Making matters worse for him, he joined just as veteran attacker, Bernard Parker found his scoring form in Steve Komphela’s team.
”It was difficult because there were eight or nine strikers when I got here. We were all fighting for a place in the starting 11,” he said. “The coach believed in me when I got here… he signed me. I believe in him too.”
A huge cloud hangs over Amakhosi as the possibility of finishing the season without adding anything to the team’s illustrious cup collection becomes bigger with every match.
Paez said the team will have to throw caution to the wind in the last four games and see if they can’t spring a surprise.
“We know it’s difficult now. We lost points in important games in last minutes. Now we want to win the matches and continue collecting points maybe we can end in a good position,” said Paez.
“It’s going to be difficult. But we know the possibilities and we have to try,” he added.