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Fadlu Davids: The PSL's big three must stay away from Maritzburg United's star players

8:17 PM IST 30/04/18
Fadlu Davids, Maritzburg United
The 36-year-old is now focusing on their final game against Abafana Bes'thende and the Nedbank Cup final against Ea Lla Koto

It has been a common occurrence to see the so called small teams losing key players after doing well, but Maritzburg United coach Fadlu Davids has issued a stern warning that the PSL's traditional big three should stay away from poaching their players.

The Team of Choice boss insists he will not allow his players to join Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns because they dream of playing in Europe.

Davids was speaking after Maritzburg's 2-0 loss at the hands of Amakhosi on Saturday afternoon at the FNB Stadium.

Having lost Evans Rusike to SuperSport United in January and Philani Zulu to Kaizer Chiefs in 2017, players such as Richard Ofori, Deolin Mekoa, Siphesihle Ndlovu, Lebohang Maboe and Fortune Makaringe could be tempted to stay as they have been instrumental in the side.

Although they are fighting the Soweto giants for a spot in the Caf Confederation Cup for next season, the coach said their fate depends on the third placed Chiefs.

Moreover, the 36-year-old said they still have a chance to qualify for the continental tournament should they beat Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup final on May 19 in Cape Town.

“After our initial meeting with the chairman we were assured that selling players locally will not happen but if European clubs are coming for our players we won’t really stand in their way,” said Davids.

"But none of them will be leaving to any of the big three in the country fortunately,” he reacted after the game.

“Our players want to go to Europe and we will do anything in our power to assist them during the off season,” he insisted.

“If you have players who have these dreams and ambitions to go to Europe it’s no use selling them to the clubs they don’t want to go to,” he explained.

Speaking about their chances of reaching the continental tournament, the former striker added that they will try to win their last game against Golden Arrows, but their fate is in Chiefs' interim coach Patrick Mabedi’s hands.

Chiefs are on the road to Ajax Cape Town on May 12 for their final league match and a win will ensure them third spot on the league table.

“It’s not in our hands now it’s in Kaizer Chiefs hands‚” reacted Davids.

“We will try to win the last game‚ that’s for sure,” he insisted.

“But it’s not in our hands because if Chiefs win they will qualify for the Confed Cup but of course we will have the second bit of the cherry when we play Stars in the Cup final,” he concluded.