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Bafana Bafana call-up just reward for consistent Kaizer Chiefs performances - Daniel Cardoso

14:59 EAT 21/03/2019
Augustine Mulenga, Zambia & Daniel Cardoso, South Africa
The Amakhosi defender is confident that Bafana will beat the Libyans on Sunday and secure a spot in Egypt

Despite a draw being enough to book South Africa's ticket to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, defender Daniel Cardoso has revealed that Bafana Bafana's mission will be to go in search of a convincing result against Libya on Sunday.

With only a point standing between Bafana and a place at the showpiece event, Stuart Baxter's men are certainly a confident bunch.

“I think one point here, away to Libya will do the trick, but it’s obvious we want to go for the three points. That will help us to go to the Afcon with confidence,” Cardoso told Goal.

Meanwhile, domestically Cardoso has been one of Kaizer Chiefs' standout players, which has led to his return to the Bafana fold, and the centre-back believes that his most recent call-up is a reward for the hard work he has put in.

“You know the fact I have received a call-up to the Bafana squad again is a huge achievement and it shows that consistency and hard work pays off,” Cardoso added.

“I have been growing as a player and you saw at the beginning of the season we (Kaizer Chiefs) took a slump. I was disappointed because I was not called up to the national team after the Four Nations tournament,” he said.

“I was very disappointed, but I have been playing some consistent and good football. I hope it carries on that way until the end of the season,” he continued.

With Bafana potentially on the cusp of reaching Africa's showcase event, Cardoso is already looking towards the future. 

“My personal ambition is to be called up in the national team camp again for Afcon in June and that is what I want to work for,” he concluded.

Cardoso though faces stiff competition for a place in Sunday's Bafana team as he is set to compete against the likes of skipper Thulani Hlatshwayo, Buhle Mkhwanazi and Rivaldo Coetzee.

The match will be staged at Stade Taieb Mhiri in Sfax, Tunisia at 19:00.