Absa Premiership

Daniel Cardoso: I wish I could still be playing striker

Daniel Cardoso (Gallo Images)
Daniel Cardoso (Gallo Images)

Kaizer Chiefs defender Daniel Cardoso says he misses playing as a striker but admits he has excelled as a centre-back.

The 31-year-old former Free State Stars attacker was converted into a defender by Eric Tinkler.

He started out as an attacking player at youth level but his performances this season at the heart of the Amakhosi defence have him in line for the Absa Premiership defender of the season award.

The former Free State Stars man, who has five goals for Chiefs this season, says he does miss being up front.

Speaking to Kickoff, Cardoso said: "Look, I wish I could still be playing striker, there's no doubt about it, but it's one of those things.

"They converted me when I went to Wits (juniors). Coach Eric Tinkler put me at centre-back and thought I would do well there, and I've excelled from there.

"It's a position I had to adapt to and I'm loving the position now, so I'm thankful and I'm glad that I'm making everybody proud."

Chiefs entered the enforced break, as a result of the coronavirus, on top of the Premier Soccer League standings with eight games to play.

- TEAMtalk media