Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has highlighted the individual performance of defender Daniel Cardoso in the 2-0 Premiership victory against Ajax Cape Town.
Komphela opted to partner Lorenzo Gordinho with Cardoso in the absence of centre-back Eric Mathoho - who was handed compassionate leave after the passing of his brother.
"'Tower' is on compassionate leave and our sincerest and deepest condolences were passed on to him. I thought Cardoso and Gordinho did very well," Komphela told KickOff.
The unfamiliar central-defensive pair did well to keep the usually troublesome Nathan Paulse at bay as the Urban Warriors utilised a route-one approach in their loss.
"There are actually three strikers in South Africa that will give you that kind of (aerial) challenge. It’s (Henrico) Botes, Nathan Paulse and Eleazar Rodgers, and you know when you are playing with them it’s not going to be easy," Komphela continued.
"But I felt Cardoso did very well, obviously with assistance from Gordinho and they had to deal with him (Paulse).
"You’ve got the centre-back who must be ready to go for them, winning those aerial battles and balls on the ground," he added. "But it was not the only strength of Ajax and they can also play. That is why it was such an exciting match."