Bafana Bafana made their exit at the AFCON after going down to Nigeria in the quarter-finals. Despite having not kicked a ball during the tournament, Kaizer Chiefs defender Daniel Cardoso has dedicated his tournament experience to his late dad. Check it out.
It is often said that football is more than just a game and when you step out onto the field the weight of your family name is upon your shoulders. This was evident with Bafana defender Daniel Cardoso.
The 30-year-old was part of a handful of players that were unused at the tournament with Stuart Baxter opting for his tried and tested.
That didn’t seem to deter Cardoso as he dedicated the experience he refers to as “his dream come true” to his late dad Tony, in a touching tribute on Instagram.
“Ever since I was a little boy and growing up all I ever wanted was to play football for my country and represent them at a high level and that dream came true, it’s been through hard work dedication and sacrifice... Been a great tournament for us well as a team and I couldn’t be more proud of what I have achieved in my playing career, and I just wish my dad was here to witness this moment in person cause if it weren’t for him I wouldn’t be where I am today, daddy this is all dedicated to you and I know you up in heaven bragging about me to all the angels,“ Cardoso said in the tribute.
Cardoso also had a picture of his dad tattooed on his chest.
The lanky defender will be hoping to replicate the form that saw him being selected for Bafana when the season kicks off in August.
Do you think Cardoso will play a crucial role for Kaizer Chiefs next season?