The pain of Chiefs going through the past two campaigns, both overseen by head coach Steve Komphela, without winning any silverware has been the main subject of discussion for the AmaKhosi faithful.
Despite all this, Cardoso feels they have progressed as a team and that they are primed for a real run at silverware next season.
“In terms of the team, the team has come together because last season we were worse off than we have been this season,” he argued.
“This season, we went on a 15-game unbeaten run and I think we gelled well together. The players grew to know Steve’s philosophy of the game, his training methods and I thought it was much better than last season.”
The former Free State Stars defender adds that next term they will definitely bring joy to their fans, provided they stick with the core of their team instead of implementing an overhaul of the squad.
“If we bring one or two players in they will learn quicker than bringing another seven or eight players in the team,” he added.
“I think we need to work on the squad that we have now because I think we have a great squad. I think if we can keep this squad next season we will win trophies next season.
“This season we brought in another eight or so new players again and it affects the team because they have to learn the training methods and philosophy. I thought they picked up pretty fast, quicker than last season and, like I said, if we keep the same team and stick with the same methods, we will definitely win trophies next season.
“Last season [2015/16], I hardly played because I was still injured when coming from Free State Stars and this season, I have lifted my game a bit because I have gotten more starts and I have played at left-back, right-back and centre-back.
“For me, I can play anywhere on the field as long as I am on the field doing my job and giving my all,” concluded Cardoso.