Kaizer Chiefs defender Daniel Cardoso believes the club’s current trophy drought is standing in the way of top players making a move to Naturena.
Amakhosi are staring at four seasons without silverware, having last hoisted a cup when they won the league under Bafana coach, Stuart Baxter in 2015.
They do, however, have a chance to end the barren run, as they are still in the running for the Nedbank Cup, and have an outside chance of claiming a fifth PSL title.
Cardoso – who arrived at the club from Free State Stars shortly after their league triumph – revealed his main motivation for signing with the Glamour Boys was to win trophies, and believes that many players may now be discouraged from joining the club.
“You know‚ everyone comes to Chiefs to win trophies‚” Cardoso said.
“But at the moment‚ I don’t even think anyone wants to come here because we’re not winning anything.
“It’s still a big club‚ still a great brand. But‚ I mean‚ if you’re not winning trophies and all of that people start turning around and saying that they want to win trophies.
“So I think once we can get that culture back, people are going to want to come in here.
“I came here to win trophies. It’s just unfortunate I haven’t won one yet. Maybe I brought the bad luck…No‚ I’m joking.”
The Bafana defender said he was confident that he can win a few trophies with the club.
“I think since Ernst [Middendorp] came in, he’s changed it around. And I think once we have a full preseason under him things will be a lot different. You can see how the style of football has changed.
Chiefs’ next assignment is the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal against Cape Town City – their first top-flight opponent in this year’s competition, having made it this far through scrappy wins against third-tier sides.
Cardoso noted the step up in intensity that will be required against the Mother City outfit.
“We’ve got to be on our toes. It’s not a small team we are playing against now.
“In the past two rounds we played ABC Motsepe League sides‚ and it was tough. I think we made it tough on ourselves because we didn’t take our opportunities‚ didn’t kill the games.
“The last one went to extra time, and I think if we can learn to kill games a lot earlier‚ and not let it drag‚ it will be a lot easier for us.”
Kick off on Sunday is at 15:00.