Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Daniel Cardoso says the AmaKhosi faithful was the best part of his time at Naturena.
Chiefs decided against renewing Cardoso's contract after it came to an end on June 30. The 33-year-old is one of 13 players who has since been released, with the club making way for fresher legs to begin Arthur Zwane's reign.
"Wherever we went, wherever we played. Whether it was in the Free State or Cape Town, they [Kazier Chiefs supporters] would be there. I’ve had a fantastic time here, but the fans’ passion for the club is what I’ll miss the most," Cardoso tells KickOff.
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Cardoso joined Chiefs from Free State Stars in 2015 and became one of the most reliable players for the Glamour Boyz. His fitness and durability made him indispensable in the Chiefs’ starting eleven. He served as a utility player who’s able to play anywhere in the back four, defensive midfield and even managed to contribute in attack with 13 goals during his 202 appearances.
Cardoso played every single match for Kaizer Chiefs in the 2019/20 league season and missed only one game the following season through suspension from accumulated yellow cards.
Although he's disappointed with the failure to secure a trophy for the club during his seven-year stay, Cardoso leaves Chiefs in gratitude.
"It’s an amazing club to be at. From the management to staff, players and fans, and as a player, you always want to win trophies," he says.
"We came close a few times, but it just never happened. I would say that’s my only disappointment. The fans deserve a trophy to celebrate and I hope it does come soon."