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Cardoso – We Need To Start Climbing The Ladder

Kaizer Chiefs defender Daniel Cardoso says that it is time for the club to start changing their fortune in the DSTV Premiership.

Chiefs take on Black Leopards on Wednesday evening, and after a disappointing start to their league campaign, the Amakhosi find themselves 13th on the log.

This week the club welcomed back Samir Nurkovic to training, but Chiefs will be sweating over the fitness of players like Kearyn Baccus (thigh muscle strain) and Dumsani Zuma, who picked up a hamstring injury in training.

This past week they were in CAF Champions League action, where they progressed through the preliminary round with a 1-0 aggregate win over PWD Bamenda from Cameroon.

“On Wednesday we have a very tough game against Black Leopards,” Cardoso said ahead of the game.

“It is never an easy game against them, obviously they had a break over the weekend and had a bit of rest, so that’s given them a bit more time to prepare to play against us.”

“It’s not easy playing every 3 days, but that’s what we have a big squad for. So in terms of preparation for the game on Wednesday, we’ve had 1 day of recovery, 2 days of training, so it’s not much training that we’ve put in.”

“But we’re hoping to take the same positivity that we had on the weekend in our CAF game.”

“It wasn’t the easiest of games but we did play good football. The ball was played very nicely along the park on Saturday evening against the team from Cameroon, so hopefully we can take that and bring it back into Wednesday’s game against Black Leopards.”

“Obviously we need the three points. We are falling behind on the log and we haven’t had the best start to the season, so we want to get back on track.”

“The boys know what is at stake, everybody knows we need to start climbing the ladder. So it’s not going to be an easy game, but we will be up for it. Like I said if we take the confidence out of the weekend’s game and just convert our chances, I think we can get back to winning ways.”

“We haven’t won a game for quite some time now in the PSL, which we need to change things around, so it’s not going to be an easy one, but we are definitely up for it.”

“It’s also going to be very vital for us defenders to keep a clean sheet. I know we haven’t been keeping clean sheets and we haven’t had the best defensive record at the moment, but we will change that around.”

“The coach has been good with us, we have been working a lot on the tactics side, so it’s just all up to us now, and we’ve got to stick together.”

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.