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Cardoso – I Don’t Have Time For BS

Esperance Sportive de Tunis head coach Miguel Cardoso has opened up on his meeting with Rulani Mokwena and his first experience of African football.

Cardoso, who hails from Portugal made his name in the Primeira Liga with Rio Ave before stints with FC Nantes, Celta Vigo, AEK Athens before his move to Tunisia with Esperance.

Prior to that he worked as an assistant to Paulo Fonseca at Shakhtar Donetsk and Deportivo de La Coruña, while also having stints with Sporting Lisbon, SC Braga and FC Porto in various other capacities.

He remains unbeaten with seven wins and two draws since his arrival which included the 1-0 win in the first leg semi-final against Sundowns, where he was pictured with Mokwena, enjoying a warm embrace before their showdown in Tunis.

“I was keen on meeting him in general like I am keen on meeting all the coaches in general, I have big respect for the people who work in this sport at this level that can make teams perform with such quality,” he said.

“So I met with different coaches I had the chance to play against like Julien Chevalier [of ASEC Mimosas] in the last game, and before in the group stages.

“It’s a moment to connect with people and show we love the game, we protect the game, we should protect our business and we’re interpreters of that business.”

On his first taste of African football, he suggested it’s well-respected and he’s primary focus is to keep the four-time African champions winning on all fronts while improving the squad of players he has at his disposal.

“We should give a game that can sold worldwide and African football is now appearing in Portuguese TV with Sport TV, who bought the CAF Champions League rights for the games.

“The last time it was well received in Portugal, people watched it a lot – so I think it’s also important, our behaviour, that’s why we spoke about a part [atmosphere at Loftus].

“In Tunis, it was strong but not aggressive so it was supportive of the teams, there’s respect that I saw in all moments of the games in the competition, we were well received in Abidjan but it doesn’t mean when you enter the four lines you don’t do your best and fight for your result.

“It’s a completely different approach, this is my way of being, I’m already 52 years old, I don’t have time for bullshit, sorry about the word, I worry about how my team play, the best possible achievements for the result, make my players better, defend my club but I love this sport in the right way.”

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The two sides meet this evening at 20h00, at Loftus Versfeld for a place in the final of the CAF Champions League.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.