'Downs are the best team in SA history'

Maritzburg beat Baroka 2-0 at Peter Mokaba Stadium last weekend to keep hold of third place on the log, with three games to go, and take their points tally to 42.

In the process they bettered the 40 points they achieved in 2014/15 under Steve Komphela when the club came eighth in the standings.

Davids' men next host in-form Absa Premiership leaders Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals at Harry Gwala Stadium on Sunday.

“I’m happy with the clean sheet against [Baroka], though I really felt we could have scored five or six with the chances we created. We take the result and now concentrate on meeting Sundowns in the semi-final,” Davids told his club's website.

“It’s a fantastic achievement so far, 42 points, the best ever for the club. And that is what we are celebrating now, that we’re in the top eight. You dream about the silverware, for the players it’s something to push for. We’re in the top eight now, we can’t relax as there are still three matches left [in the league] and we want to achieve [the] maximum.

“But, our focus has to shift immediately to the cup. If we make mistakes like we did against Baroka, Sundowns will punish us. We’re playing the best team in the history of Sundowns, the best team in the history of South Africa. We need each and every player to be at their best, 100 percent.”