Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela praises Daniel Cardoso's display against Ajax Cape Town
Posted: 17 October 2016 Time: 10:14
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela felt Daniel Cardoso did "very well" in his first start of the season against Ajax Cape Town in Durban on the weekend.
Cardoso partnered Lorenzo Gordinho in central defence in the absence of Erick Mathoho, who was on compassionate leave following the passing of his brother.
The pair helped contain bustling Ajax frontman Nathan Paulse, as Chiefs won 2-0 to remain top of the Absa Premiership standings after six games.
"'Tower' is on compassionate leave and our sincerest and deepest condolences were passed on to him. I thought Cardoso and Gordinho did very well," says Komphela.
"There are actually three strikers in South Africa that will give you that kind of (aerial) challenge. It’s (Henrico) Botes, Nathan Paulse and Eleazar Rodgers and you know when you are playing with them it’s not going to be easy.
"But I felt Cardoso did very well, obviously with assistance from Gordinho and they had to deal with him (Paulse). You’ve got the centre-back who must be ready to go for them, winning those aerial battles and balls on the ground. But it was not the only strength of Ajax and they can also play. That is why it was such an exciting match."
Komphela gave no indication as to whether Mathoho will be available for this weekend's Telkom Knockout last-16 clash with Maritzburg United.