Orlando Pirates’ Fadlu Davids tips Sundowns striker Lebohang Maboe to go overseas

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Mamelodi Sundowns, Lebohang Maboe, September 2018
The Buccaneers second assistant coach says his former player has a bright future ahead of him and can play in Europe

Orlando Pirates assistant coach Fadlu Davids says Mamelodi Sundowns attacker Lebohang Maboe deserves an opportunity to play overseas.

Davids, who has since joined the Buccaneers technical team, was speaking as they prepare to face the Brazilians in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) on Monday, saying the striker whom he mentored at Maritzburg United, is an ambitious player.

“When I coached him, he already had a clear ambition to move overseas and I have always felt he has the ability to play in a top European league. I am not surprised by the way he has adapted to playing at Sundowns,” Davids told the media.

The former Team of Choice gaffer says the 24-year-old will test his quality when the reigning PSL champions welcome Al Ahly of Egypt in the Caf Champions League quarter-final first leg next weekend.

“He has more to give. This match against Al Ahly is the test on how well each player can do if they want to put themselves in the market. And these games are the tests, not Pirates now on Monday, that is not the test if they want to go overseas,” he added.

“Lebohang Maboe, if he can perform against Al Ahly, the door is open to a move to overseas that,” concluded the former striker.

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The two teams are set to face off against each other on Monday with a spot at the summit of the PSL log at stake. 

In addition, Maboe is one of the key players under coach Pitso Mosimane since his arrival at the beginning of the season, forming a strong partnership with the likes of Gaston Sirino and Themba Zwane.

Looking at his contribution so far, the Bafana Bafana international has played in 36 matches in all competitions for the current log leaders and has netted nine goals as well as providing seven assists.