Once all the paperwork has been completed, Kaizer Chiefs will finally unleash the much talked about Colombian striker Efmamjjasond Gonzales Palacios.
The 24-year-old was unveiled as Amakhosi‘s new signing on Wednesday. He will become the second Colombian to represent the Glamour Boys, after Leonardo Castro.
Gonzales played in the Bolivian Primera Division this year where he went on to score eight goals in 16 appearances for Real Santa Cruz before joining Kaizer Chiefs this month. The tall striker has goals in him and will give PSL players a run for their money should he receive good service from the midfielders and wide players.
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He played in the Argentine Primera División for three years before moving to Bolivia in January. The Argentine league is highly rated and some of the players who came from that league went on to become world-class players after moving to Europe; the list includes Angel Di Maria, Carlos Tevez, and more recently Lautaro Martinez.
Chiefs new signing Gonzales failed to find his feet in the Argentine Primera División, and in the three years he played in Argentina, he only managed to score twice. All the goals he scored were in the second division of the Argentine football league system while on loan to All Boys. The Colombian failed to play a single league match in Argentina’s premier division league.
Jasond Gonzales finds himself in a new country and has to learn a new language which can be challenging. A bigger challenge is for him to get his scoring boots early and establish himself as a regular for a struggling Kaizer Chiefs side hungry for goals.
PSL is ranked below the Argentine Primera División, so Gonzales might find himself playing more games than before but the big question is how many goals will he score this season?
With good service, he might reach 10 goals based on what he has achieved in Bolivia so far this season. Most South American players who played for Chiefs showed good promise but faded as the seasons went by.
Amakhosi Executive Chairman Dr. Kaizer Motaung welcomed the striker to the club this week.
“We wish to welcome Jasond Gonzales to South Africa and also to wish him everything of the best. We know that he’s a ‘soldier’ because he hits the ground running. As he comes now, he has no time to waste; he has to be ready to use his weapons straight away,” he said.
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Spanish-speaking Gonzales thanked Chiefs for the opportunity.
“I am thankful for the opportunity I have been given. It is a dream for me to be in Africa. For me, it is the centre of everything, I am happy to be here and very happy with what I have seen so far. I can’t wait to start.”