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Orlando Pirates carried on as if there was a pool on the ground against Kaizer Chiefs - Cardoso

15:44 WAT 21/11/2019
Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates, Daniel Cardoso, February 2019
The Amakhosi centre back has hit back at the Bucs interim coach for his comments about Glamour Boys being thuggish

Kaizer Chiefs defender Daniel Cardoso has rubbished claims made by Orlando Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena they were thuggish in their 3-2 win in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

Mokwena slammed Amakhosi coach Ernst Middendorp’s tactics, saying he instructed his players to kick and punch Bucs players, but Cardoso has labeled the 34-year-old manager as "just being emotional".

Ahead of Chiefs' Telkom Knockout Cup semi-final clash against Maritzburg United on Sunday, Cardoso stated Thembinkosi Lorch stamped on Khama Billiat but the Pirates mentor did not comment on it.

“On that point, if you look at the week before we played the derby and (Thembinkosi) Lorch stood on Khama (Billiat) and nothing was said,” Cardoso told the media on Thursday.

“Rulani didn’t have anything to say. I am not bad-mouthing him or anything, but it works both ways. I think he is an emotional coach and obviously it was a big derby."

Although the towering Mathoho received a red card for the push on Mabaso, the former Free State Stars player insists Mokwena blew everything out of proportion.

In the first match which was the Telkom Knockout quarter-final at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Lorch fouled Billiat before stamping on him only to receive a yellow card, forcing emotions to go high as the players were calmed down by the referee.

In the second clash in the league at FNB Stadium, Mokwena complained the German mentor told his players to use ‘thuggish’ tactics to bag the full three points.

Moreover, Mokwena was not happy with the penalty awarded to Chiefs, saying Bernard Parker took a dive in the box.  

“But it’s part of football. We didn’t go out to fight, I think it got blown out of proportion," Cardoso continued.

“(Eric) Mathoho didn’t hit anybody, he pushed (Abel) Mabaso but obviously they are gonna…they are the ones who might have been doing diving lessons the way they carried on like there was a pool on the ground."