The Bafana Bafana defender says their trophy drought has led to many players not showing interest in joining Amakhosi.
“Everyone comes to Chiefs to win trophies, but at the moment I don’t think anyone wants to come here because we are not winning anything,” said Cardoso.
“It is still a big club, a big brand but if you are not winning trophies, people start turning around and they say they want to win trophies (and go elsewhere). But once we get that culture (of winning trophies) back people are going to want to come here,” admits Cardoso.
Speaking about his ambitions prior to his move to Naturena just before the 2015/16 season, he says he wanted to win trophies and he believes his chance has finally landed this term.
“I came here to win trophies. It is unfortunate that I haven’t won one yet. Maybe I brought the bad luck… no, no, no I’m joking,” he added.
Amakhosi are set to face the Citizens in the Last Eight at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday afternoon and a win will restore their ambitions to finish this term with a gold medal.
“It’s just the way football is but I am confident that I will win a trophy with the team, hopefully starting now (with the Nedbank Cup) and not just one but a few cups,” he said.
Moreover, the 30-year-old says he still wants to cement his place in the South Africa national team, but he is delighted after their qualification to the 2019 Caf African Cup of Nations tournament.
Although he did not play against Libya, Cardoso was called up to the squad that beat the North Africans 2-1 on Sunday night in Tunisia.
“When Bafana win, you can see the nation is proud. I am glad that we qualified for Afcon. I think it was well deserved. It is good to be a part of the setup again,” continued the defender.
“But obviously my place is not cemented there, I still have a while, a few games to be consistent and hopefully I will be called up for the Afcon side,” he concluded.