The former Maritzburg United player was flooded with calls from family and friends, including his father Sidwell Maboe who played for Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic among other clubs, after he was named in Stuart Baxter’s Bafana squad to face Seychelles in back-to-back 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches this month.
Maboe was part of the Bafana side that played in the COSAFA Cup earlier this year, but the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers are much bigger and the exposure, if given a chance to play, will do him good.
“I was actually at training and after I got out of the shower one of my teammates [Madisha] came to me and said 'congratulations'. I was like ‘congratulations for what?’ It only started sinking in when I got home,” Maboe tells KickOff.com.
“Everyone else started calling and I started getting messages from family and close friends. My dad called me and said congratulations and told me that I must not relax. I was the one who broke the news to my mom.”
Maboe says this is the opportunity he has been waiting for.
“There isn’t any player who at one stage does not want to represent the national team, so it’s a very humbling feeling. It’s what I have been waiting for and it’s what I have been working towards. Now that I am here, I need to keep working harder.”
Sundowns, meanwhile, will be back in Absa Premiership action tomorrow when they take on Bloemfontein Celtic at Dr Molemela Stadium at 19h30.