Free State Stars website brings you an exclusive one-on-one interview with defender Daniel Cardoso, otherwise known as ‘Mlungu’ by his teammates.
Cardoso, who is in his second season in the top flight, had a fantastic PSL debut season, but missed the start of the current campaign. After almost 6 months out with a stress fracture the defender is now back in the fold.
Freestatestars.co.za: Where was Daniel Cardoso born and raised?
Daniel Cardoso: I was born and raised in the South of Johannesburg
FSS.co.za: How is Johannesburg compared to Bethlehem?
DC: The life in Jozi is much faster and expensive as whilst here in Bethlehem it’s laid back and inexpensive. To be honest it will really be unfair to compare the two places.
FSS.co.za: What were you like at school?
DC: To be honest I was one of those average students and many people don’t know that I dropped out of school in Grade 9 to play football. It really interfered much with my school work.
FSS.co.za: Which local team did you support when you were growing up?
DC: (laughs) Kaizer Chiefs
FSS.co.za: Who is your role model and why?
DC: Cristiano Ronaldo, he is one of the best footballers in our time and he inspires me to achieve my goals as a player.
FSS.co.za: Are you married?
DC: No, I am not married
FSS.co.za: Your first pay cheque?
DC: (thinks) It was a R1000 back then whilst playing for Yebo Yes (Orlando Pirates feeder) in the Vodacom league.
FSS.co.za: If you were not a footballer what career path would you have followed
DC: A Vet, I love animals and working with them.
FSS.co.za: Who is your funniest teammate?
DC: Thato Thlone otherwise known as Grosso. To say that guy is funny is an understatement. I mean that guy is totally mad.
FSS.co.za: What is your message to the supporters for the remainder of the season?
DC: They must be patient. Results will come and we will continue working hard. They must just come in their numbers in support of the team. We really need their support now.
FSS.co.za: Being the only white player at the club, how does it feel?
DC: It’s a good feeling to be the only white player in the team. I am privileged to be one of the white players in recent times at Stars. Yes, they have been white players who have tried their luck at the club but did not make it, hence I consider myself lucky and privileged.
FSS.co.za: You have seen less action this season due to injury and on your first return match you picked up a man-of-the-match accolade, how did that feel?
DC: I was over the moon picking up a man of the match accolade in my very first match after the injury. I think the accolade will certainly push me to work extra hard and make sure I get more accolades and, most importantly to help the team to move away from the relegation zone.
FSS: Lastly how has it working with coach Themba and Kinnah Phiri?
DC: They are two good men, very easy to talk to and they will encourage you to work very hard. I still believe the two coaches have what it takes to turn the current situation around.