Komphela on Castro, Paez combo
Posted: 22 January 2018 Time: 09:35
Steve Komphela was delighted Leonardo Castro scored on his Kaizer Chiefs debut and feels it bodes well for the Colombian's budding strike partnership with fellow South American Gustavo Paez.
Castro, a January signing from Mamelodi Sundowns, swiftly endeared himself to the Amakhosi faithful by netting a late winner in the 2-1 victory over Baroka at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.
Chiefs coach Komphela was naturally pleased Castro could follow in the footsteps of Wiseman Meyiwa, Lucky Ngezana and Ryan Moon, who were all on target in their first outing in the Glamour Boys jersey under his watch.
Castro and Paez did not play together against Baroka, but Komphela has an option to create a partnership because of the understanding they would have on the pitch.
"He did well, he did well," Komphela said of Castro.
"I don't know what happens, each time we put in a new player he scores. You can go as far back as your Mewiya, Ngezana, Castro, Moon. It's amazing and it's nice.
"And the beautiful thing about strikers, if they score the confidence goes higher. We are happy for them, let them score.
"With Castro as well, and the new [Siphelele] Ntshangase as well, he will get to the level where you feel they are our fabric, they are our cloth. As it is now, they are still finding their way as to who we are. It doesn't come easy and it's worse when you get players in-season, integration is very difficult. But it looks like it's swifter now and it is good that results are forthcoming."
Asked about Paez's form upfront, Komphela has faith the hard-working Venezuelan will add to his modest tally of three goals this season.
"[Paez is] happy that his teammates are scoring because there is one ball he drew back, if Moon wasn't in the right place he would have scored that one.
"Paez does a lot of work. Now that maybe he has found Castro, there is also an issue of language, can they speak Spanish together? Can they hit [it off]? They are both South American, we should take advantage of that chemistry and camaraderie.
"I'm sure he will be okay. We just don't have to put him under too much pressure. The beauty of it is the rest of the others are scoring."
Komphela's side are five points adrift of log leaders Sundowns after 18 games, and next host the Brazilians this Saturday at FNB Stadium (20h15).