Maritzburg coach Fadlu Davids has mixed emotions over Lebohang Maboe's move to Mamelodi Sundowns
Posted: 6 August 2018 Time: 14:30
Maritzburg United coach Fadlu Davids has mixed feelings about Lebohang Maboe's departure to Mamelodi Sundowns.
Sundowns last week confirmed the signing of Maboe, who played 38 of Maritzburg's 39 games in 2017/18 as he starred alongside unsung hero Fortune Makaringe and Siphesihle Ndlovu in midfield.
The 23-year-old made his debut for Sundowns as a substitute in their 1-1 draw with Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
Modestly-assembled Maritzburg were reluctant to let Maboe go but couldn't resist cashing in on the Bafana Bafana international, who is believed to have cost the Brazilians around R9-million according to reports.
“I’m extremely happy for Lebo. Sad for the club, happy for him,” said Davids after his side lost 2-0 to KwaZulu-Natal rivals Golden Arrows in their opening game of the season at Harry Gwala Stadium yesterday.
“You know when the player is doing pre-season and his body is here, he’s such a professional and pushing himself, but you can see that five percent is not really there.”
Maboe, the son of one-time Orlando Pirates striker Sidwell, scored nine goals in 64 outings for Maritzburg following his arrival from Mbombela United in 2016.
Davids, however, was encouraged with how new signing Keagan Buchanan fared in the engine room after playing very little football in his previous two years at Kaizer Chiefs.
“I think Keagan Buchanan adjusted himself well to be able to immediately come into harsh conditions. Our pitch isn’t the best at the moment to really play our game.
“But like I said, we’ve got to tweak the way we attack and the way we defend to accommodate the new players. That’ll take time.
“We’ve got to readjust again for Free State Stars [on Wednesday] but the pre-season will help us to be able to do that.”