Ex-Kaizer Chiefs left-back David Kannemeyer has hit back hard at those who criticise Daniel Cardoso for the dismal performance he produced against Maritzburg United.
The centre-back, who had been in top form prior to the semifinal, had a game to forget in front of a fully-packed Mbombela Stadium in the 2-1 Telkom Knockout defeat to Eric Tinkler's side.
Kannemeyer believes people must give praise to two-goal hero Judas Moseamedi instead of putting the blame on the defender, who directly assisted one of the striker's goals.
"I don't think it's just Cardoso, you know how a cup game is, it's who wants it the most and unfortunately Maritzburg wanted it more and that's it, Kannemeyer tells KickOff.com.
"I hate to say this all the time but people must stop pointing fingers at one player. One player can't make the team and make the team win. I mean there were opportunities created and they never took it. It's just that Moseamedi took his chances and that's it, game over.
"And remember he had more chances but he was clinical with that two and that's game over. Now I hate it when people start pointing fingers at one player... Cardoso isn't Kaizer Chiefs, it's simple as that. There's ten other players on the pitch that also play you know, so why blame one player?
"Ja it happens in football hey, and in all fairness I think he will never forget that mistake. He didn't mean to make the mistake but it happens to the best in the world."
Kannemeyer admits the mistake Cardoso made for Maritzburg's first goal killed his confidence.
"Ja I think so hey, and the problem is people are easy to blame. They forget the good games that he played. So now it's all bad, it's all him you know. And that's the bad part in South Africa, we always look at one particular moment, and unfortunately it's like that.
"That's why I'm saying I disagree with people blaming... yes he made the mistake fair enough but is he Kaizer Chiefs? No he's not.
"I will make this example, they play [Lorenzo] Gordinho and what if Gordinho makes the same mistake, what was it going to be? Maritzburg at the end of the day played well, and you have to give them the credit. I think coach Tinkler's tactics were spot on.
"Remember I think last week or before he brought Moseamedi on. This time around he started him. Now he just proves his point that he needs to start every week.
"But I think coach Tinkler knows him very well, because I also coached him at [Mpumalanga Black] Aces. Ja he will miss 110 chances but he will score... that's how I know him. And he's a very aggressive striker and I like him very much, so I think Eric Tinkler's tactics worked perfectly."
Kannemeyer says his former team lost the battle in midfield.
"I think they got played over in midfield hey, [Daylon] Claasen and [Keagan] Buchanan in there I think they were more mobile, they could break off everything," Kannemeyer explains.
"I think collectively there was too much space in between midfield and defence for Chiefs, because Maritzburg could play straight through the middle and normally [Willard] Katsande is the pillar there in the midfield.
"I think because of the movement in midfield for Maritzburg, that played a big role, it worked for them."