The likes of Musa Nyatama, Rheece Evans and Mario Booysen all battled for game-time at Sundowns following their moves from Maritzburg, while Cuthbert Malajila has also slipped off the radar since shining with 11 goals and six assists for the Brazilians in 2014/15.
Downs signed Maboe on a long-term deal in August from the Team of Choice, and he has made a decent start to his tenure at Chloorkop.
The 24-year-old midfielder, who has scored twice in seven domestic appearances this campaign, believes his mentality and work ethic has helped him swiftly settle at the star-studded Absa Premiership champions.
"I feel like it is down to one's mentality. If you are willing to work hard, when you eventually get a chance you just need to use the opportunity that you are going to get," Maboe said.
"You are not going to get ... I mean, it's not like you are guaranteed that you are going to start every game.
"So you just have to keep on working hard and hope that when your chance comes you grab it with both hands.
"You just have to work hard, that's all," concluded the reigning Nedbank Cup Player of the Season and Nedbank Cup Most Promising Player of the Tournament.