Chiefs are closing in on four years without silverware, since they last lifted the 2014/15 Absa Premiership title under Stuart Baxter, and the closest they have come to success is back in the 2015 Telkom Knockout final defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns.
For the most successful team in the history of South African football, this is a particularly astounding fact, and it has been a constant dark cloud over the club and players’ heads.
Cardoso believes their unwanted record makes them a less attractive option for players wanting to move to bigger clubs but with a particular desire to lift trophies.
“Everyone comes to Chiefs to win trophies, but at the moment I don’t think anyone wants to even come here because they know we’re not winning anything,” said Cardoso.
“It’s still a big club, and it’s still a great brand but, I mean, if you’re not winning trophies and that, then people start turning around and saying they want to win trophies.
“So, I think once we can start getting that culture back, people are going to want to come here. And I came here to win trophies, it’s just unfortunate that I haven’t done so yet … Maybe I brought the bad luck … I’m just joking. It’s the way football is.
“But I’m confident I will win a cup with the team, hopefully starting now, and not just one cup but a few cups.”
Amakhosi will put their cup credentials on the line when they face Cape Town City in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal at the Mbombela Stadium on Sundaty (15h00).