Chiefs suffered their worst league defeat in nine years when they went down 3-0 at home to Chippa United last Saturday, sending the club into a state of turmoil as fans rioted at FNB Stadium.
This saw the club management call an urgent meeting on Sunday, which the players had initially been given off, to discuss the situation as well as the plan going forward.
Amakhosi later released a statement that changes were imminent ahead of the new campaign, while calling for supporters to rally behind the team as they still have the Nedbank Cup to play for this season.
Cardoso has since admitted the defeat was a bitter pill to swallow for the players, but reiterates the club’s stance on remaining unified as they look to redeem themselves.
“We have a point to prove. We were lethargic against Chippa United and, as players, we need to step up our game,” Cardoso told his club’s website.
“The result was not only heart-breaking for our supporters, it was heart-breaking for us as well. We felt their pain.
“But it is important to realise that we form one team, we need to stick together. [The meeting] brought everybody together.”
The Glamour Boys next host relegation battlers Platinum Stars on Sunday, and the 29-year-old centre-back has labelled it a ‘must-win’ tie, though he expects a fearless Dikwena outfit.
“They are fighting for survival. They are a good team and they will come out in an attacking mood, as they have nothing to lose,” he commented.
“But it’s a must-win game for us. We have four league games left and we want to win all our remaining matches.
“We owe this to ourselves and, above all, to our supporters. We want them to feel proud of their team.”