As seniors, we have failed – Cardoso

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Kaizer Chiefs have had a rough and stormy season under the guidance of Gavin Hunt but the blame for the poor performances of the Soweto giants do not lie squarely on his shoulders, according to Daniel Cardoso.

The defender says senior players at Chiefs should also take responsibility for the team’s failure in Hunt’s first campaign in charge.

‘Amakhosi’ have been victorious in just five of their 19 DStv Premiership matches under Hunt and have also crashed out of the MTN8 and Nedbank Cup meaning they are likely to endure another season without a trophy.

“It is good seeing the youngsters coming up and showing a bit of flair and pushing us seniors a bit. Njabulo Blom has been great but the youngsters can’t do it alone,” said Cardoso.

“I think as seniors, we have failed; it hasn’t been the best of seasons for us and we can see it and I think we need to step up a bit more. We have had a couple of meetings with the coach as well and I mean the philosophy is great, there is nothing to fault him about.

“As you have seen over the years, we have changed coaches but we as the players have been at the club for quite some time, and also the transfer ban did kill us, we don’t have any wingers that can give us that out and wide play,” added the Chiefs defender.

But on the brighter note, Chiefs are enjoying a decent run in the Caf Champions League, and a win or draw with goals in their last Group C clash against Horoya will see them qualify for the quarterfinals following a hard fought 1-0 victory in their penultimate group stage clash versus Wydad Casablanca over the weekend at FNB Stadium.

Hunt’s men will now turn their attention to the DStv Premiership, where they face Stellenbosch on Tuesday afternoon in Soweto.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi

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