Following Daniel Cardoso’s damning comments about the problems plaguing Kaizer Chiefs, with one of them being the overconsumption of alcohol - a club legend has weighed in on the situation.
The veteran defender departed the club after seven seasons, having joined the side from Free State Stars in 2015.
In a recent radio interview, Cardoso was asked his opinion on the reason for the club's lack of trophies in his time at Naturena, and made startling comments referring to the club's recruitment of players from the NFD and the revolving door at the Naturena outfit.
He also referred to players showing up to training while reeking of alcohol without mentioning any names.
“I think the biggest downfall over the seven years that I’ve been there is seeing players come in and go out [within] six months. I think sometimes the quality of signings that do come to Chiefs... You’re bringing NFD [GladAfrica Championship] players, you bringing [in] free agents. I mean they’re passionate to play but some players just want to earn a salary. You can see it on the field, you can see who wants to play and who is there just for fun.
“I mean some players arriving to training under the influence of alcohol because they don’t care and I think that was the biggest affect we had at Chiefs,” he told MSW.
These comments by the 34-year-old split opinion in the football fraternity. Many have commended Cardoso for his honesty while others lambasted him for airing out the club's dirty laundry.
Kaizer Chiefs legend David Kannemeyer is of the opinion that Cardoso should have dealt with the matter at the time rather than retrospectively.
"I have read the comments by the player and in my opinion it is careless, especially now that he has left the club. As a senior player he should have addressed the issue with the concerned player at the time, then he wouldn't have to speak about it in the media afterwards as it would have been dealt with.
“When you are at a big club like Chiefs, such matters are handled internally and not in the public eye, therefore I think the comments made by him is a bit childish.
“Is it the truth? We don't know. These things did not happen during our time. There are two sides to this, we could also say that it is a bitter pill for him to swallow now that he is no longer at the club, therefore he feels the need to speak out like this," Kannemeyer added.
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