For Kaizer Chiefs defender Daniel Cardoso, the 18th May 2019 still holds disappointing memories as it was a day in which Amakhosi were defeated by then GladAfrica Championship side TS Galaxy in the Nedbank Cup Final. Cardoso is now looking forward with relish to Chiefs’ final league game of the season against TS Galaxy on Saturday afternoon away from home in the DStv Premiership. He says that he would like nothing more than to deny Galaxy the chance of qualifying for the MTN8 next season. A win for Chiefs will see Amakhosi reach 36 points, the same number of points as Galaxy, but Chiefs will have a better goal difference and will finish in the 8th place.
Cardoso has put the cup lost behind him and is looking at winning the game on Saturday, which will put Chiefs inside the top 8.
“Saturday’s game is like another cup final for us,” reacts Cardoso. “Defeating them will be bitter-sweet revenge for us and we need to go out and get the win.”
For Cardoso facing TS Galaxy in the 2019 Cup Final then saw him play in Chiefs’ next 60 games in all competition. He believes getting Chiefs into the top eight will also help put some gloss on a disappointing season.
“It would be a great morale booster,” he adds. “We have been in and out of the top 8 this season, but it is one of those things that every team goes through. We want to defeat them and bring happiness to our supporters – it is something they deserve.”
Cardoso feels qualifying for the MTN8 and competing in the competition is vital for any team ahead of a news season.
“It gives us a chance to play for the first trophy of the new season. It is always important to be in MTN8 because its four games to win your first trophy of the season, which sets up the rest of the campaign,” he says.
On a personal note, since featuring in the 2019 Nedbank Cup Final against TS Galaxy, he has missed just three of Chiefs last 81 games in all competitions, which has pleased him to have been playing consistently over the last two years.
“it is obviously a good achievement,” he concludes. “Playing in all these games mean all the hard work is paying off. It has not been the greatest season, but I wish to carry on playing and help fix the situation we find ourselves in. I also cannot believe I have only missed three games in so many years – I think one of the games I missed was through suspension.”
Cardoso has featured in 42 of Chiefs’ 45 games this season in all competitions, should he feature against Galaxy on Saturday, it would mean that he would have missed just one of Chiefs’ league games in the past two seasons.
The last league game of the season kicks off at 15:00 at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.