OFFICIAL: Kaizer Chiefs sign Paez while Mathoho extends

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The Amakhosi have officially confirmed the signing of the striker, as well as the contract renewal of defender Eric Mathoho

Kaizer Chiefs confirmed that the Venezuelan-born striker with an Italian passport, Gustavo Paez has signed a two-year deal after undergoing a successful trial recently.

“We have signed Gustavo Paez on a two-and-a-half year deal,” football manager Bobby Motaung confirmed.

“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,” Motaung added.

Paez arrived in the country as a free agent. He played for Venezuela’s Sociedad Civil Estudiantes De Merida FC for the last two seasons.

“In that period he spent with us on trial, we observed aspects that we need in the team,” Motaung said.

“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 goalscoring area,” Motaung added.

The Glamour Boys also welcome the return of Togolese international Camaldine Abraw, who underwent knee surgery at the beginning of the season.

“We are happy with the recovery of Abraw. He is back in full training and we have registered him,” Motaung said.

With Lorenzo Gordinho recently extending his contract, the club expressed delight in confirming that his defensive partner Eric Mathoho has renewed his stay too.

“We are glad Tower has signed a new deal with us,” Motaung said.

“Tower signed a three year extension to his existing contract,” Motaung added.

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They also looking to tie down other players such as Lucky Baloyi, Willard Katsande, Tsepo Masilela and George Maluleka.

“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,” Motaung explains.

“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 finalize Maluleka’s deal by the end of the week,” Motaung stated.

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