Komphela: Paez could be Kaizer Chiefs answer

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Amakhosi coach Steve Komphela enjoyed an indepth Q & A with the official Kaizer Chiefs site. Here follows the two standout comments from the interview

From February this year the Kaizer Chiefs fans have been calling for Gustavo Paez to be the club's main striker.

To their dismay, even though Paez chipped in with important goals from the bench, Komphela continued to leave him as a super subsitute.

So, when discussing Chiefs search for the right striker, it's interesting that the coach believes Paez could still be the answer.

"I think he can. He has shown that. He came in and scored five goals, even though he only joined us in February and didn’t start too many games. There’s also the young Ryan Moon whose transition, if managed well, will be a great asset to the club. We hope they find their feet, stay injury free, and with some luck, score goals."

Komphela went on to compare the ideal scoring attribute to one of the world's greatest finishers, AC Milan's Filippo Inzaghi.

"Strikers need luck apart from their natural scoring talent. The Italian striker Filippo Inzaghi was a prime example of that. It looked as if the ball always connected with him when in the box, as he seemed forever to be at the right place at the right time. Robert Ng’ambi had that at some stage while at Platinum Stars, that ‘luck’ of a good finisher," added Komphela.

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In another standout question and answer, Komphela was placed in a tight spot, being reminded of the fan abuse he received last year. The 'Steve Must Fall' fan chant wasn't used too much at the turn of the year, since there were signs that Komphela was beginning to turn things around.

"A coach needs to be very strong mentally and must be very focused, especially at such a big club with such a rich culture and tradition. Expectations are always very high, which is normal. You have to weather the storm. I am humbled by the support so many fans have given me and I can’t disappoint them next season," said Komphela.

"On the other hand, I acknowledge the outcry of the supporters who want me to go. I understand that it is more out of love for Kaizer Chiefs – they want the club to win and that’s what we all want."

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