Maboe inspired by national team coach's comments
4 April 2017
Lebohang Maboe plans to remain focussed and to push even harder on the training groiund after receiving praise from caretaker Bafana Bafana coach Owen Da Gama.
Maboe is in his first season in the top flight and has proved to be a successful acquisition after the Team of Choice signed him from NFD side Mbombela United.
The 22-year-old has brought energy and bite to the middle of the park and has weighed in already with two goals and a couple of assists in 16 Absa Premiership games and also scored in the Nedbank Cup.
His growing stature has led to some encouraging words from Da Gama, who told KickOff.com earlier this week that "there are players on the fringes like Lebohang Maboe at Maritzburg United and those are players that are knocking on the door.”
Speaking to same publication, Maboe says he took Da Gama’s comments as good reason to put in even more hard graft on the training pitch.
"I read the story (on Kick Off) and this just says one thing to me, I just need to keep working hard," Maboe said.
"Because I haven't received the national team call-up, this just says I must keep pushing, I'm heading in the right direction. I just need to keep soldiering on and hopefully soon I'll get it. Those words from Owen are very encouraging," he added.
The midfield playmaker is all about maintaining a positive outlook, and while ambitious, he also remains grounded.
"I'm very positive. I just don't know the negativity,” he explained. “I'm positive in a different way and I work very hard. So my work that I do at training is showing off [on the field] so I'm just a happy soul."
"The support system I have on my side, to put it that way, my mother and my father and my teammates, they emphasise the issue of remaining grounded.
"I'm also a very humble soul, so I won't accept fame getting into my mind... there's still a long way off from where I want to be and it doesn't just end. I want to play for the national team, I still desire to play overseas."