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Cardoso: Highlands game is a great opportunity for Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs defender Daniel Cardoso believes the Nedbank Cup clash with Highlands Park comes at just the right time for the team.

Amakhosi will take on the Lions of the North in the Nedbank Cup round of 16 on Saturday, after a surprise defeat at home against Maritzburg United last weekend.

Cardoso is pleased that Chiefs will have a chance to set themselves straight and improve against Highlands before the all-important Soweto derby against bitter rivals Orlando Pirates next weekend.

"In the past, when we've had a Fifa or 10-day break, we would take a bit of a slump in form in the next matches, so I think that playing game after game is better for us; it brings us more confidence and game-time," Cardoso said, according to IOL.

"When we lost to Polokwane City, we had had two weeks off, so going into this game is better for us because we are able to work on things going into the derby. Game-time is more important than training sessions. Game fitness and training fitness are two different things."

Turning his attention to himself, Cardoso revealed that he is eager to play every game for Chiefs but isn't scared of getting suspended for the Soweto derby due to a potential yellow card against Highlands.

"I'm here and I want to play every game of the season, that's what my job consists of. It's all up to the coach now. If I have to play, I must play. Every game is crucial for us. If we want to take all the cups, we must play, although it's a bit of a difficult one," Cardoso added.

"If I get booked, I get booked. There are players that will have to come in and play in the derby. It will be harsh if I get booked but what can I do? It's one of those things."