Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila forward Gustavo Paez is looking forward to reviving his career in South Africa, as he begins his new journey with the DStv Premiership side.
Paez who is likely to be part of the squad that travels to Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday, provided his work permit has been approved, is the latest signing by Vhadau Vha Damani.
FARPost caught up with the 30-year-old at the TTM’s training ground on Monday, to reflect amongst other things his stint at his previous club Kaizer Chiefs.
“I was doing well and happy, playing the games, scoring goals but there were issues with their new coach (Giovanni Solinas),” said Paez.
“When coach Solinas came he wanted a (different) style of play. I was always ready to play, but that’s why I left. I couldn’t do much more in South Africa, but that’s why I am here now.
“No (I don’t think he had a problem with me), it’s because he wanted to play with Khama (Billiat) and Leo (Leonardo Castro) in front. That’s the only reason you know,” added Paez, who spent three seasons at Amakhosi.
The Venezuela-born player has signed until the rest of the season with the Limpopo side.
“They (TTM) are giving me a nice opportunity to restart in South Africa. I was always happy here and loved the South African people, so I said why not when there was a chance to come.
“I know Tshakhuma is a new club but I accepted the challenge. When I went to Venezuela I was playing for a good club, we played in Copa Libertadores, but we stopped the whole year due to Covid-19,” he said.
“But for me I am taking this as a big opportunity to play and stay for a long time in South Africa,” concluded Paez.
TTM will face Mamelodi Sundowns in their DStv Premiership second match of the season at Loftus Stadium on Wednesday at 19:30.
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