Maboe admits three-month struggle

Premiership

Mamelodi Sundowns attacker Lebohang Maboe admits that he has struggled to deal with the continued lockdown and discipline required to stay fit and motivated.

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced South African footballers to stay home and train alone for three full months – something that never happened in their professional careers.

Maboe has described the current situation as tough times for players and says it asks a lot from an individual.

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"These have been really, really tough times, not just for myself, I'm sure for other players out there playing for other teams," Maboe tells KickOff.com.

"It has been really tough. We are not used to being at home for three months and it's totally different training from home compared to training with your mates on the field.

"It asks a lot from you each and every day but to take a positive from it, it helps you mentally. You don't have to do good things only when people are watching but you can also do it alone, which also pushes you to keep on training regardless of training alone."

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Before the forced break Sundowns looked sharp and the league title race was getting heated, and Maboe says personally he was starting to get back to his old form.

"It helps if when the league resumes you know you've set up a foundation by training alone, so that you not too far behind," he says.

"When the league was about to be suspended, I felt like I was starting to be at my level-best. I felt like I was working to be myself again, gaining my confidence again and working for the team.

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"To stay at home for more than three months, it has been tiring and asks a lot from you to train alone. You have to be mentally tough to know that you have to push yourself every day."

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