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Patrick Mayo: Kaizer Chiefs must rest Daniel Cardoso

15:29 IST 09/08/2018
Patrick Mayo
The 45-year-old believes that the Amakhosi coach must rest Cardoso against Ea Lla Koto

As Kaizer Chiefs prepare to face Free State Stars on Saturday in the MTN8 Cup quarter-final match, ex-defender Patrick Mayo says it is a make or break match for coach Giovanni Solinas.

Amakhosi head to the clash on the back of a 3-1 loss to Bidvest Wits in their second Premier Soccer League (PSL) match at home on Tuesday night.

However, meeting a side that booted them out of the Nedbank Cup semi-finals last season puts pressure on the hosts to avoid defeat this weekend.

Speaking exclusively to Goal on Thursday, Mayo said Chiefs will be under pressure to avoid another loss to Ea Lla Koto and must win at all costs to ensure that they end their three-year trophy drought.

“I think the loss to Stars in the Nedbank will always be there in their minds and that could test how mentally tough Chiefs are,” Mayo told Goal.

“I am sure they still recall the loss at Moses Mabhida and will want to avoid another one on Saturday and this is a must win now,” added the former Mthatha Bucks player.

“If they lose again to Stars, they will be under extreme pressure going forward because that will mean less trophies on offer for them,” said the Amakhosi defender.

“Look, Stars are confident going to this match because they just beat Maritzburg United, but Solinas could also have some information on them in terms of strengths or weaknesses, but they cannot only rely on that because Luc Eymael is also a good coach,” reacted the ex-SuperSport United player.

“If they lose this game, the supporters will press panic buttons, but if they win there will be no worries on their upcoming game in terms of pressure,” he explained.

“They will have to avoid their second loss in a week and I think it's time to rest Daniel Cardoso and use (Erick) Mathoho and (Siyabonga) Ngezana,” said Mayo.

“I believe Cardoso is making mistakes that cost the team and maybe he must rest him because Siphosakhe (Ntiya-Ntiya) and Ramahlwe (Mphahlele) are doing well on the wings – Mathoho and Ngezana can do well in the centre,” he continued.

“We cannot blame (Itumeleng) Khune for conceding three against Wits because he was exposed and he can produce saves up to a certain extent,” Mayo continued. 

“Upfront, they need some fresh blood to assist and ease the load on Khama Billiat, he tries to do something you can see, but he cannot do it alone,” added the Port Elizabeth-born legend.

“In the end, he is becoming a victim to defenders, they kick him right until the end of the match – this match is a make or break for Solinas now,” he concluded.