The 32-year-old has opened up about the arrival of the two Bafana Bafana matches while Amakhosi prepares for their clash with Masandawana
Kaizer Chiefs defender Daniel Cardoso welcomed the competition from the club’s new signings, Njabulo Ngcobo and Austin Dube, ahead of their clash with Mamelodi Sundowns.
Ngcobo joined Amakhosi from their Soweto opponents, Swallows FC, after establishing himself as one of the top backs in the league and being named PSL defender of the season.
Dube, a center-back left-back, was one of the most outstanding players in the National First Division last season. He helped Richards Bay finish third and attracted Chiefs scouts.
Cardoso admitted that the club had to sign new defenders as the team’s defense was weak last quarter – conceding 37 goals from 30 PSL games and that it was the second weakest defense among the top eight teams on the standings.
‘It was good that the club brought in two central defenders [Ngcobo and Dube]. Last season you could see me and Tower [Mathoho] was not the best central combination … you know we leaked a lot of goals, ”said Cardoso Soviet.
“We’ve improved as a midfielder, and I think extra pressure makes you not want to take a step back. Last season there was no real cover and this season there are two great defenders.
“I mean Njabulo was the defender of the season, and Austin has a point to prove from the NFD, so if Tower and I step one foot wrong, we know we will be replaced very quickly,” he continued.
“We always have to keep on our toes, unlike last season where we were very comfortable.”
Despite the arrival of Ngcobo and Dube, Cardoso and Dube remain the Chiefs’ central defensive pair with first-choice so far under coach Stuart Baxter, and the two have started three competitive games this quarter, including the quarter-final defeat of the MTN8 against Sundowns. last month.
Sundowns will host the Chiefs in a league match on Sunday, and Cardoso warned Masandawana not to underestimate it when the two giants clash in Gauteng at the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup venue, Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
“We showed in our last game against Baroka that we can play football. If you look at the first half [of the Baroka game] we should have been 8-0, ”he added.
“So they [Sundowns] is aware of us. The Fifa break also helped us prepare for this match. ”
Chiefs will want to secure two wins in a row in the league after beating Baroka FC 2-1 at home on 25 August.