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Patience will pay off with Paez, says Komphela

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says it has been important not to put Venezuelan striker Gustavo Paez under too much early pressure at the club.

Paez arrived at the Soweto giants half way through last season. He did not become a regular starter, but did feature in 15 league games, as well as three cup matches, weighing in with five goals in total.

The former Estudiantes Merida forward announced his intentions for the coming season when he grabbed a brace in Chiefs' 2-0 win over Township Rollers in a Bakone Bophirimi Maize Cup semi-final game at the James Motlatsi Stadium on Saturday. Amakhosi went on to beat Free State Stars 1-0 in the final.

Speaking on the 27-year-old's progress after the tournament, Komphela explained to KickOff why he has purposely limited the Venezuelan's game-time so far, and says he's likely to feature more prominently next season.

"It is important again to have the feel of their supporters. These people are demanding. It is important to integrate the players slowly with the team and there must be integration between the team and the supporters," said the Chiefs head coach.

"If you look back at Paez, most of [the fans] would ask why we wasted so much time, why did we not play Paez early. If you introduce him too early and he doesn't step in nicely, it becomes a problem. I think Paez has passed the test."

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