Maboe vows to crack on
Posted: 5 June 2017 Time: 10:35
Maritzburg United midfielder Lebogang Maboe aims to take his game to the next level following his breakout season in 2016/17.
Maboe was signed at the start of this past season from National First Division side Mbombela United by then-coach Ernst Middendorp to bolster his attack following a stressful 2015/16 for the club.
The 22-year-old initially featured in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge and had to wait until October to make his PSL debut against Free State Stars.
However, Maboe impressed against Ea Lla Koto with his fearless running and creativity and went on to play 24 times for Maritzburg, scoring three goals.
"I'm sure you'll see more but I feel my game is growing and I can only get better by each season," Maboe tells KickOff.com.
"So I'm hoping for a better season next season. I know it's not going to be easy but I'm up for the challenge. I'm one player who's expressing himself when I play and I don't think about anything except for expressing the talent that I have. But it goes with the hard work I put in at training, so it's not easy."
Maritzburg finished seventh on the log for the first time in their history and it was also only the second time that the Pietermaritzburg-based outfit finished in the top eight, having done so in 2014/15.
Maboe gave credit to interim coach Fadlu Davids for bringing unity to the team in his two stints as caretaker coach. Davids took over the reins from Middendorp in November and again in March when Roger de Sa quit after less than three months in the hotseat.
"I think what contributed to this was being united and I think it was just being united," adds Maboe.
"I think when Fadlu took over he's the one who brought that up, emphasising us to be united more than any other thing. Bear in mind this is a team sport and we really fought for one another. We gave it our all and we deserved everything.
"If you also remember every match we were playing at home fans kept coming in numbers and that also helped. So it was only fair from us to return the favour by getting the results over the line at home and make it difficult for any other team that is going to play us at home."
Maritzburg will start the new season in August against the kings of Africa Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8 quarter-finals.