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Komphela: Moon's a born striker

Posted: 5 February 2018 Time: 13:00

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has labelled Ryan Moon a "born striker" in light of his recent performances, while conceding that Gustavo Paez needs help.

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Moon bagged his third goal in four games in the 1-1 draw with Absa Premiership champions Bidvest Wits at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday.

The 21-year-old, who is the younger brother of ex-Bafana Bafana fullback Bryce Moon, nodded home a Siphiwe Tshabalala cross from the left to give his side the lead shortly before half-time.

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Komphela is pleased with the progress of the former Maritzburg United forward, who has endured his fair share of injuries since joining the Soweto giants from the Team of Choice in July 2016.

"Top strikers score when you need it most," Komphela said.

"And when you are in a game, you have to be seen when you're just about to strike. You should not be seen when you prepare it.

"So, that he's on and off should be the sense of striking. You will always see him when he strikes, you'll never see a snake whilst it's searching for its target. But, as soon as he comes out, you see him when it matters most.

"It's good that Moon is seen and not seen during games, because if he is constantly seen then they can monitor him.

"He's a natural goal scorer. He's got a gift for goal, and also luck for goals. I think strikers are like leaders, they are born as opposed to made – Ryan is that; he's a born striker."

Meanwhile, Paez is contrastingly struggling upfront for the Glamour Boys, having only scored thrice in 22 outings in all competitions this season.

Komphela, however, has faith the hard-working Venezuelan could soon regain form with a bit of support from his teammates.

"It's all about confidence, again. We need to give Páez the confidence, maybe by giving him service, helping him out, playing to his strengths as well.

"The fact that you have a pairing of Moon and him should also help him. But, again, it's up to us to give him his confidence.

"But the biggest confidence boost will come from him, and by scoring goals."

Chiefs next host Golden Arrows in the last-32 of the Nedbank Cup at FNB Stadium on Sunday (15h30).

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Article by: Chad Klate (@CKlatey)

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