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Maritzburg United's Lebohang Maboe motivated by Bafana interim coach Owen da Gama's comments

Posted: 4 April 2017 Time: 09:24

Maritzburg United midfielder Lebohang Maboe was encouraged to hear Bafana Bafana interim coach Owen da Gama was monitoring his progress.

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Da Gama last week mentioned Maboe as a player "knocking on the door" of national team selection.

The 22-year-old has scored two goals and provided three assists in 16 league appearances in 2016/17, having been signed in the off-season by former Maritzburg coach Ernst Middendorp from Mbombela United. 

"I read the story on [KickOff.com] and this just says one thing to me, I just need to keep working hard," Maboe tells KickOff.com.

"Because I haven't received the national team call-up but this just says I must keep pushing, I'm heading in the right direction. I just need to keep soldiering on and hopefully soon I'll get it.

"Those words from Owen are very encouraging."

Maboe hopes to break into Bafana reckoning for the AFCON 2019 qualifiers starting in June, and the resumption of the World Cup qualifiers in August.

"All people deserve to play for the national team and everybody works with one thing in mind, to represent the national team," adds the Johannesburg-born midfielder.

"If I get the call-up surely I'm ready to step up and do my job on the field and make my own name.

"Why I'm being so happy it's positivity, I'm very positive. I just don't know the negativity. I'm positive in a different way and I work very hard. So my work that I do at training is showing off [on the field] so I'm just a happy soul."

Maboe is mindful of the need to stay grounded.

"The support system I have on my side, to put it that way, my mother and my father and my teammates, they emphasise the issue of remaining grounded.

"I'm also a very humble soul, so I won't accept fame getting into my mind... there's still a long way off from where I want to be and it doesn't just end. I want to play for the national team, I still desire to play overseas."

SAFA are currently engaging with SuperSport United boss Stuart Baxter regarding the vacant Bafana job.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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