Bernard Parker impressed with Gustavo Paez debut, wants powerhouse frontline at Kaizer Chiefs
Posted: 11 February 2017 Time: 12:51
Kaizer Chiefs forward Bernard Parker says new signing Gustavo Paez is swiftly settling in at Naturena and hopes the Venezuelan can help Amakhosi develop a formidable frontline.
Paez made his debut off the bench in the Soweto giants' 3-1 win over Free State Stars on Tuesday, having penned a two-and-a-half year deal with the side last month.
Parker told the club's website: “Good introduction for himself on Tuesday night. He would’ve topped it off well if he had scored a goal on debut. Gustavo is a player that has adapted so well to our style of play and the understanding will only grow with more games under his belt. When I spoke to ‘Shabba’ [Siphiwe Tshabalala], we discussed growing the frontline into a powerhouse with a better understanding and connection.
“For Gustavo, the longer he will be with us, he will get to that level where we want it to be. He reminds me of some of the players, who have been in here in the past that I played with that make good runs, like [Lehohonolo] Majoro, [Katlego] Mphela, [Kingston] Nkhatha and [Knowledge] Musona. I had some good times with those guys and I hope to have that same success with him too.”
Meanwhile, Parker expects a test when the Glamour Boys visit Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium tonight (20h15 kick-off).
“Maritzburg United have been a tough one over the years since I have been at Kaizer Chiefs and we always find it difficult against them. This time around though, we are well aware of what is expected from us and it will be more about our mental willingness to get us through.
“We are looking solid at the moment and if we go there with a clear mind-set, everything will go well for us. Definitely, we will be going there for the three points.”
The 30-year-old believes Chiefs, who are a point behind log leaders SuperSport United midway through the campaign, have a great chance to win the league this season.
“Our chances are great. I think it’s us alone… We don’t have to worry about what other teams are doing. We need to focus on ourselves and take it game by game. The fact that we still need to play each other [top four teams] is actually a good thing, the league is still very much within our reach and it’s for us to go grab it by staying together and to fight for one another.”