Gustavo Paez lauds high standard of football in South Africa and at Kaizer Chiefs
Posted: 27 March 2017 Time: 09:10
New Kaizer Chiefs signing Gustavo Paez says he already feels settled at the club and is starting to more clearly "understand the South African football culture".
The Venezuelan-born striker joined Amakhosi during the January transfer period and has shown promise, while he also grabbed his first Chiefs goal in the Nedbank Cup last-32.
And, when asked about his first two months in the PSL, Paez - who also holds Italian citizenship through his parents - told Chiefs' official website: "I’m feeling comfortable here. My team-mates, the Kaizer Chiefs staff and the rest of the technical team have really helped me to adjust to my new surroundings.
"I decided to take it one day at time, but I have settled a lot quicker than I had anticipated. I knew I was here to play football and therefore I had to adapt to the style of play as soon as possible. I am learning to understand the South African football culture. It gets better with each game played, getting the feel for the local game."
Paez also revealed how pleasantly surprised he was to discover just how bustling a city Johannesburg is, adding: "South Americans know little or nothing about South Africa and I had no idea that Johannesburg was such a world-class city.
"The standard of living and quality of life is much better here than at home. It is tough in Venezuela right now with the unstable political situation being a threat to the safety of the citizens.
"On the football front, people know about Kaizer Chiefs, [Orlando] Pirates and [Mamelodi] Sundowns. For me, the game is very advanced in South Africa. The standard is high and the league is hard. There are no easy games. My dream is to play for many years because I am really enjoying my time here."