Kaizer Chiefs defender and designated penalty taker Daniel Cardoso has commented on his role and declared that he will not give it up to anyone else in the team.
Cardoso has been known to step up whenever Chiefs win a set-piece from 12 yards out and has converted four of the five spot-kicks he has taken so far this season.
The 30-year-old is fully aware of the magnitude of the responsibility on his shoulders, particularly the sort of backlash he would face when costing Amakhosi a victory.
“I’m privileged to take penalties for Chiefs, it’s not that easy. You saw in the Derby in the 83rd minute – 2-2, imagine I missed that penalty? My throat would be slit open,” said Cardoso.
“But it comes with the pressure, and if you don’t take risks then you’ll never reap the rewards. I’m proud that I’ve scored a couple of penalties for the team and I hope I can keep going.”
Asked whether there is any competition for his specialised role, the burly centre-back remained adamant that he will not let the duty be taken away from him.
”I’m sure there are players that would want to take penalties but at the moment, I think I’ve secured that role,” he responded.
“I mean, I missed against Cape Town City in the [Telkom Knockout] quarterfinal but I went on and scored the first penalty in the shootout, and I think that showed a lot of braveness from myself.
“It also showed the other players that, you know, I’m sticking to [the duty] and I don’t want to let that penalty spot be taken.”