Mamelodi Sundowns striker Lebohang Maboe is one player who will be under the Orlando Pirates microscope when the two sides meet on Monday, and one man who will know him better than most is Buccaneers assistant coach, Fadlu Davids.
The 24-year-old spent two seasons at Maritzburg United – where Davids was the head coach before joining the eight-time league champions before the 2018/19 campaign.
A son of former Pirates striker, Sidwell, the younger Maboe has adopted quickly with his new surroundings and is contending for the golden boot, having bagged eight league goals s far this season.
His ex-mentor isn’t too surprised with how quick he’s taken to life in Chloorkop.
“When I coached him, he already had a clear ambition to move overseas and I have always felt he has the ability to play in a top European league. I am not surprised by the way he has adapted to playing at Sundowns.”
Sundowns have another stiff test after Monday night’s encounter, as they welcome Egyptian giants, Al Ahly in the first leg of the Caf Champions League quarterfinal. Davids believes a solid showing there can bring Maboe closer to realising his dream.
“He has more to give. This match against Al Ahly is the test on how well each player can do if they want to put themselves in the market. And these games are the tests, not Pirates now on Monday, that is not the test if they want to go overseas,” he added.
“Lebohang Maboe, if he can perform against Al Ahly, the door is open to a move to overseas that.”
Kick off on Monday is at 19:30.