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Middendorp is a worried man after injury to Cardoso

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After all, defence was Chiefs’ weakest link last season where the club tried numerous combinations that just did not work.

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KAIZER Chiefs have good reason to be happy following their flying start to the season but their coach is a worried man.

Amakhosi have registered two wins in two PSL outings after edging Highlands Park 3-2 in their opening game and following that up with a 1-0 victory over Black Leopards at the Moses Mabhida Stadium this past weekend.

But Saturday’s success over Leopards was soured somewhat by the injury that centre-back Daniel Cardoso suffered, and coach Ernst Middendorp has been left seriously concerned.

“I’m (a) little bit scared with what I saw. He is swollen on his foot. We have to wait for the X-Ray (results). I’m a little scared that something bad has happened,” Middendorp said.

Cardoso and Eric Mathoho were instrumental on Saturday as they helped Amakhosi keep their first clean sheet of the season. Such was their combination in the heart of defence that the club’s fans would have been forgiven for shouting happy days are here again.

After all, defence was Chiefs’ weakest link last season where the club tried numerous combinations that just did not work.

On Saturday, however, there appeared to be some chemistry between Cardoso and Mathoho, and it would be a shame if the injury to the former turned out to be a serious one.

Middendorp tried to play his fears down though. “We do have other options like Lorenzo Gordihno. Rama (Ramahlwe Mphahlele) is also always capable to play at centre-back. We have options. We will work on this defence,” he said.

Chiefs will next face SuperSport United in their third league match of the season, and it remains to be seen whether Cardoso will be fit for action for what is sure to be a sterner test for the club than the two they have already passed with flying colours.

“My main priority is the condition from defence to attack. Having the movements, co-operation, overloading and switching on to the other side. I can go even further more into the details. That’s something we will look at.

“We will record our data out of it and then we will see,” Middendorp said.

Following their poor showing last season, during which they failed to finish among the top eight teams in the league, Chiefs are under tremendous pressure this season to show their worth as one of South Africa’s top sides.

They are on an uncharacteristic trophy drought of four seasons and having joined the club mid-season last term for a second spell in charge, Middendorp is expected to deliver the goods.

The club have signed a few new players and expectations are that they will help Chiefs to win some silverware in a season that is particularly important as the club will be celebrating their 50th
anniversary.

Minenhle Mkhize