KAIZER Chiefs defender Daniel Cardoso admitted the club missed a big opportunity to go top of the PSL and potentially open a gap on the competition.
Having seen a number of draws in the league recently, with only SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates managing to win their previous games, Cardoso feels the opportunity was lost.
The sixth-placed Chiefs registered back to back draws with AmaZulu and Free State Stars to record their seventh draw of the season and the defender has grown irritated by this run of form. “It is a funny situation, Baroka are leading the log standings but they have not won their last five games,” Cardoso said.
“It just shows that the league is very tough, I mean all the draws that have been happening in the past week and this weekend. So it’s quite a tough one and also ourselves, we just need to get a win.
“These draws are catching up with us and it’s the same as last season. We don’t want to get too many draws, we need to start collecting points.” The 29 year old believes this has been a result of strikers not converting their chances. In the back to back draws, Chiefs only managed to score once – against Free State Stars.
“If you look at it, most of our games are goalless and it shows that we need strikers in South Africa, you know a lot of people are speaking about it and if someone can put up their hand and start scoring goals it’s going to be a big thing. “I mean seven out of eight games ended in draws. Some of the teams were 2-0 up and it ended up 2-2 so it shows that as much as we are tight at the back we need to start scoring goals.
“But I wouldn’t say we are struggling, we created some chances and we kept some good clean sheets but also, we just need one win to take us ahead. “There are a lot of teams that will play catch up now which is also a good and bad thing. “Some teams can catch up and overtake a lot of teams. Look at Pirates, they won their game and jumped up to second.”
Chiefs will be looking to register their first victory since October 17 when they meet Chippa United on Wednesday at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. “Chippa are a great side, we played against them in the Telkom Cup and they are not a walkover. They came now with a goalless draw against Sundowns and I think it will be difficult for us especially playing away from home.
“Us beating them in the cup, I think they will want revenge, so we will have to stick it out and get that win.”