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Davids began his football career in Cape Town, playing for teams such as Connoisseur Spurs, Cape Town Spurs Under-17, Saxon Rovers and Mother City FC before he headed off for a stint in Bulgaria with Chernomorets Burgas. He also later represented Manning Rangers, Avendale Athletico, Vasco da Gama, Silver Stars and of course, Maritzburg United.
It was during his time at Maritzburg where the striker was to morph into a coach, learning his trade as an assistant to former Team of Choice head coach Ernst Middendorp.
“I had just had an ankle operation," said coach Fadlu. “II was struggling to recover. So Ernst had a chat with me. The question was: ‘do you want to think about the next two years playing, or do you want to think about the next 20 years coaching?’ I guess it wasn’t really a choice - I was the player-assistant-coach until the end of the season. The next season I retired and became the full-time assistant coach,” he was quoted saying by IOL.
That was around six years ago. Today, backed by an impressive CV boasting some of Europe's top coaching qualifications, Davids has established himself as one of the brightest coaching talents in the country after leading the Team of Choice to an historic fourth place finish in the league.
Now, the 36-year-old who grew up in Surrey Estate and attended Windsor High School in the Mother City, has the chance to help Maritzburg win their first major silverware in the PSL in Saturday’s 2018 Nedbank Cup final against Free State Stars at Cape Town Stadium.
To do it in front of family and friends, in the city where it all started for him, would indeed be something truly special.
“As a youngster, I remember my dad taking me to Athlone Stadium to watch Santos, with players like Duncan Crowie,” coach Fadlu said. “There were also those great Cape Town Spurs teams of the time as well. I’ve never played a final in Cape Town, but to return now for a final as a coach is something really special for me.
“In fact, when we heard that the final was going to be played in Cape Town, I can assure you it added to the motivation. So, for Saturday, just for the day, I’m hoping that the Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town City fans, that the Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates fans, can all come out and support us, just for the day.”
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