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Chiefs sign Paez and Mathoho extends
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

“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.

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.”

Amakhosi also welcome the return of Camaldine Abraw, who underwent knee surgery at the beginning of the season. “We are happy with the recovery of Abraw,” says Motaung. “He is back in full training and we have reregistered him.” Abraw is a marksman, which is a clear indication of intent to improve the Amakhosi’s firing line.

Following Lorenzo Gordinho’s contract extension, Amakhosi are delighted to confirm another extension. Erick ‘Tower’ Mathoho has renewed his stay. “We are glad Tower has signed a new deal with us,” says Motaung. “Tower signed a three year extension to his existing contract.” Good news, the ‘Tough as Teak’ defender has committed to remain at Naturena until 2020. Chiefs have so far kept the most clean sheets in the league and are among the teams that conceded the least number of goals, twelve from fifteen matches in the league.

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.”

We are busy with the review of other contracts. “We are working around the clock to review the contracts of Lucky Baloyi, Willard Katsande, Tsepo Masilela and George Maluleka,” reveals Motaung. “Proposals are on the table with regard to Katsande and Maluleka. We are waiting for Katsande to return from national team duty to continue with the negotiations. We are looking to finalise Maluleka’s deal by the end of the week.”

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.”

On exiting players, Motaung confirms the loan deal of Enocent Mkhabela to Platinum Stars. “We released Enocent on a loan deal to Platinum Stars,” continues Motaung. “Since he arrived, ‘Eno’ battled with an injury and struggled to break into the team. We thought it is in the player’s best interest to find game time at another club and hopefully regain his sharpness.”

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.”

1. February 23, 2017 New KCTV show premiers on Friday night at 7
2. February 23, 2017 Soweto derby ticketing
3. February 22, 2017 Chiefs Reserves and Supersport Reserves in MDC finale
4. February 21, 2017 Maluleka had a calf muscle strain
5. February 21, 2017 Gordinho reacts to Highlands Park win
6. February 20, 2017 Chiefs confirm contract extensions
7. February 20, 2017 Chiefs visit Ajax at Athlone Stadium
8. February 19, 2017 Compliments to Highlands Park – Komphela
9. February 18, 2017 Gordinho’s matchwinner helps defeat Highlands Park
10. February 18, 2017 Baloyi and Cardoso start
11. February 18, 2017 Digital education brought to Mtwalume
12. February 18, 2017 Quickly back to basics after each win - Komphela
13. February 18, 2017 People love Kaizer Chiefs - Abraw at Umlazi Roadshow
14. February 17, 2017 It’s all about the mindset - Maluleka
15. February 16, 2017 KC Roadshow in Umlazi on Friday
16. February 16, 2017 Rama looks ahead to Highlands Park game
17. February 16, 2017 Supporters of Love & Peace
18. February 15, 2017 Chiefs insert in today’s Isolezwe and Daily News
19. February 14, 2017 Who will be on the KC Couch?
20. February 14, 2017 It’s not a one man show - Khune
21. February 13, 2017 Chiefs host Highlands Park in Durban
22. February 13, 2017 We worked hard to win - Komphela
23. February 12, 2017 Chiefs Reserves lose it narrowly
24. February 11, 2017 Chiefs go past Maritzburg
25. February 11, 2017 Unchanged line-up for Chiefs
26. February 11, 2017 I had to improvise - Katsande
27. February 10, 2017 Lebese is available for Maritzburg – Komphela
28. February 10, 2017 Parker’s thoughts on Maritzburg game
29. February 9, 2017 Honoured to partner with Toyota – Jessica Motaung
30. February 9, 2017 Chiefs travel to Pietermaritzburg
31. February 9, 2017 It’s Chiefs Reserves against Sundowns Reserves
32. February 8, 2017 It was an okay game - Komphela
33. February 8, 2017 Kaizer Chiefs and Toyota Announce Partnership Agreement
34. February 7, 2017 Chiefs easily go past Stars
35. February 7, 2017 Khune back in the line-up
36. February 7, 2017 Páez available for selection - Komphela
37. February 6, 2017 Tower and Tight in new Amakhosi Magazine
38. February 6, 2017 Hard work pays off - Gordinho
39. February 3, 2017 Chiefs draw Stellenbosch in Nedbank Cup Last 32
40. February 2, 2017 Wonderful opportunity to join the Kaizer Chiefs Family - Páez
41. February 2, 2017 Chiefs Reserves host Arrows Reserves in Asidlali
42. January 31, 2017 Chiefs sign Paez and Mathoho extends
43. January 31, 2017 Chiefs return to action against Free State Stars
44. January 26, 2017 Chiefs Reserves tackle Cape Town City in MDC
45. January 26, 2017 Shabba and Itu in tonight’s KCTV show
46. January 24, 2017 We will be back in 2019 – Katsande
47. January 21, 2017 Chiefs face Celtic in MDC
48. January 20, 2017 Toure no-show on return flight
49. January 19, 2017 Four Amakhosi youngsters in Amajita squad
50. January 18, 2017 Transfer window update
51. January 17, 2017 Draw felt like a defeat for Shopane
52. January 16, 2017 Chiefs reserves share points with Pirates
53. January 13, 2017 A dream comes true - Katsande
54. January 12, 2017 Orkney’s fallen will always be in our memory
55. January 11, 2017 Chiefs’ reserves face Pirates on Sunday
56. January 10, 2017 Shabba’s decade of Love & Peace
57. January 7, 2017 Happy 47th Anniversary Amakhosi
58. January 7, 2017 Congratulations Sundowns - Motaung
59. January 6, 2017 Amakhosi resumes training
60. January 2, 2017 Chiefs youngsters jet off to Fulham
61. December 31, 2016 Happy New Year - Kaizer Motaung
62. December 24, 2016 Best wishes – Jessica Motaung
63. December 21, 2016 Chiefs give fans an early Christmas present
64. December 21, 2016 Letlotlo’s first start for Chiefs
65. December 20, 2016 Charged up for Arrows - Parker
66. December 19, 2016 Molangoane is grateful to be back
67. December 18, 2016 Chiefs beat Polokwane in thriller
68. December 18, 2016 Molangoane’s first start for Chiefs
69. December 18, 2016 Komphela looks for three points
70. December 17, 2016 Baloyi: ‘We can turn it around’
71. December 16, 2016 ‘We have to show more hunger against Polokwane’
72. December 15, 2016 All we need is a win – Komphela
73. December 14, 2016 Chiefs and Celtics share the points
74. December 14, 2016 Baloyi starts against Celtic
75. December 14, 2016 Chiefs youngsters shine at Cosafa Cup
76. December 14, 2016 Mathoho eyes return
77. December 13, 2016 We are positive – Cardoso
78. December 12, 2016 Eyeing three points – Tshabalala
79. December 8, 2016 Kaizer Chiefs give hope to Children
80. December 7, 2016 The game against Celtic is important
81. December 3, 2016 Chippa edge Chiefs
82. December 3, 2016 Xulu and Khuzwayo start
83. December 3, 2016 We will be on top soon - Cardoso
84. December 2, 2016 Gaxa DRC outcome
85. December 2, 2016 Molangoane signs for Amakhosi
86. December 1, 2016 Chiefs tackle Maritzburg in Asidlali Festival
87. November 30, 2016 Chiefs travel to PE
88. November 30, 2016 Chiefs and City share the points
89. November 30, 2016 We should have won – Komphela
90. November 29, 2016 Cardoso and Khumalo start
91. November 29, 2016 Khumalo returns against City
92. November 29, 2016 It's a turning point - Khune
93. November 28, 2016 Gaxa now at Wits
94. November 26, 2016 The Citizens visit us
95. November 26, 2016 Chiefs Reserves lose to Chippa
96. November 26, 2016 Ten-Ten was special - Lamola
97. November 25, 2016 Chiefs against Chippa in MDC
98. November 25, 2016 The Gentle Giant won’t be forgotten
99. November 24, 2016 Black Friday at KC digistore
100. November 24, 2016 Maluleka interviews teammates in KCTV show