Chiefs defender Cardoso: ‘I think it’s just a phase we’ve been going through’

Sazi Hadebe Sports reporter
Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Daniel Cardoso of Kaizer Chiefs during the DStv Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns at FNB Stadium on October 24, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Daniel Cardoso of Kaizer Chiefs during the DStv Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns at FNB Stadium on October 24, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Image: Muzi Ntombela/Backpagepix/Gallo Images

A second win in succession could truly provide signs that Kaizer Chiefs are on the mend when they tackle Cape Town City in their DStv Premiership match-up at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday‚ defender Daniel Cardoso has said.

Amakhosi won their second match this season when they beat AmaZulu 1-0 at the Kings Park in Durban on Wednesday and Cardoso feels the club can build on that victory since away is the only place where they have notched their two wins in 10 league matches.

A 1-0 victory against Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in their second match of the season in October was the only other time Chiefs won a league match in the 2020-21 campaign.

Gavin Hunt’s team have dropped eight points away in three other matches against SuperSport United (2-1)‚ Swallows FC (1-0) and Golden Arrows (2-2).

After failing to win in seven league matches before Samir Nurkovic got a winner in his first start this season against Usuthu on Wednesday‚ Cardoso believes wining against City will help improve the confidence of battling Amakhosi.

“It was a very important win for us to boost our morale‚” said Cardoso of the Wednesday outcome. “It wasn’t the easiest game that we had‚ but we keep going from here.

“Three points is what we needed and we certainly got them and I think we can only move forward from here on. You could see the whole team was fighting and we hope to go to our next game against Cape Town City on the weekend‚ another tough game‚ and do the same.”

Cardoso said after dropping to just above the relegation zone and only surging up to the 10th position after the win against Usuthu‚ it’s important that Chiefs gain maximum points in Cape Town to continue moving up the log.

“If we can put another game with fighting spirit like we did against AmaZulu‚ we should walk away victorious‚” said the 32-year-old defender.

“I think that [AmaZulu win] will boost us going into this game as we play them in Cape Town and obviously playing back-to-back it’s going to be through recovering properly‚ which we are.

“We had a day off today [on Thursday] and we’re have gone back) to freshen things up and to obviously get our tactics right in training [on Friday].

“So ja‚ we hope to go to the weekend’s game with another win and we want to thank our supporters for always being there behind us and to continue supporting us even when the times are tough.

“We will come out of what we have been going through. I think it’s just a phase that we’ve been going through.”

- TimesLIVE



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