Paez-Parker combo’s a goodie

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TRO­PHY BOYS: Kaizer Chiefs play­ers cel­e­brate lift­ing the Car­ling Black La­bel Cham­pion Cup at FNB Sta­dium on Sat­ur­day.

ST E V E KOMPHELA ap­plauded the com­bi­na­tion of Gustavo Paez and Bernard Parker in Sat­ur­day’s 1-0 Soweto derby vic­tory, adding that the two were out­stand­ing in Kaizer Chiefs’ at­tack.

The two fed off each other’s bril­liant per­for­mances on the day, with ei­ther party know­ing ex­actly where to play the ball as they ter­rorised the Or­lando Pi­rates de­fence for the most parts of the match.

Paez, who was play­ing in his first Car­ling Black La­bel Cham­pion Cup derby, fol­low­ing his ar­rival at the club in the mid­dle of last sea­son, was the one who made the most runs while Parker and his other team­mates, served as providers of those de­fence-split­ting passes.

It was Parker though, who scored the win­ning goal early in the match match, fol­low­ing a suberb cross from Paez’ foot which found him un­marked in­side the box to fin­ish the chance off with a su­perb header.

Komphela, who was pleased that his side was able to de­fend this sea­son cur­tain-raiser tro­phy af­ter hav­ing won it last year, said he was also elated by the fact that the two were now be­gin­ning to gel as an at­tack­ing pair.

“It’s al­ways nice to see two play­ers get­ting to un­der­stand what do they need to do in or­der to re­late to one an­other on the field of play,” Komphela,

said. “They are slowly be­gin­ning to un­der­stand each other’s style of play. Paez even said it in one of his in­ter­views that his team­mates are, slowly but surely, get­ting to un­der­stand how he plays. Many a times he would break off the de­fen­sive line, but we wouldn’t see him un­til it was too late. But that’s said.

“But even if they do that, what’s im­por­tant is that he should al­ways give it his best in game sit­u­a­tions, so that he can be able to beat those who think they knowl­edge­able of him al­ready.

“There’s also Ryan Moon who I be­lieve, when given a chance to play in that cen­tral role, could give us some­thing (in the new sea­son),” Komphela added.

“But what’s im­por­tant is to al­ways make sure to try and keep the form, the for­ma­tion and the rhythm of the team, while the rest (of the play­ers) are suf­fer­ing, wait­ing for their chance to play. It’s the only way to make sure that when get given their chance, they will cling onto it and per­form as well.”

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