Having seen Lebohang Maboe mature and find his feet at Maritzburg United prior to his high-profile move to Mamelodi Sundowns at the start of the 2018/19 season, Fadlu Davids has challenged the player to take the continent by storm.
Now the Orlando Pirates assistant coach, Davids worked with Maboe for two years at Maritzburg and knows his true potential.
They will face off on opposite sides for the first time on Monday night since their spell with the Midlands club when the Buccaneers host Sundowns in a top of the table Absa Premiership clash in Soweto.
But Davids told the media this week that the true test for the young attacker will be the upcoming CAF Champions League quarterfinal fixture against the eight-time winners Al Ahly of Egypt.
“When I coached him he already had a clear ambition to move overseas and I have always felt he has the ability to play for a top European league. I am not surprised by the way he has adapted to playing at Sundowns,” said Davids.
“He has more to give. This match against Al Ahly is the test – 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.”
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Although not a regular for Bafana Bafana, Maboe has consistently been part of national team coach Stuart Baxter’s squad.
“Lebohang Maboe, if he can perform against Al Ahly, the door is open to this move overseas that he wants,” Davids added.