Cardoso confident ahead of Nigeria

Cardoso confident ahead of Nigeria
Daniel Cardoso of South Africa

by Brian Lee

Saturday Mar 28, 2015. 18:01

Free State Stars defender Daniel Cardoso, who’s currently in camp with Shakes Mashaba’s Bafana Bafana squad, believes they can do well against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

The two footballing nations will lock horns on Sunday afternoon in an international friendly and the 26-year-old player said he’s starting to settle in with the team.

“Nigeria is a big footballing nation, for me my emotions are running wild; the nerves are sinking in a bit,” said Cardoso.

“But I think after a couple of training sessions I am starting to settle in, it was a bit nerve-wrecking against Swaziland especially having played 90 minutes so the body is a bit tired but I am looking forward to it.

“It would be another dream come true (to start again). I am going towards that. In fact I would love that because as they say nothing is impossible if you believe.

"And if it happens I will grab it with both hands and I think I won’t be as nervous as I was against Swaziland because it will be my second cap.”

The defender also shared his thoughts on their chances against the Nigerian side, adding that they’re a big footballing nation.

“Like I said, Nigeria is a big footballing nation, but with the team that we have now – the likes of Ayanda Patosi, Lebogang Phiri, Thulani Serero, Andile Jali who all play well overseas,” added the added the Johannesburg-born man.

“Back home we have fighters like Oupa Manyisa, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Thulani Hlatshwayo – all are hungry for a win against Nigeria which will lift us up, so I am confident we will do well.”

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