Mamelodi Sundowns star Lebohang Maboe returns ahead of schedule


Maboe was expected to only make his long-awaited return in April but made an appearance off the bench in midweek against Mathaithai in the Nedbank Cup. 

The midfielder managed to find the back of the net and grabbed two assists in his first involvement of the season.

"With Lebo, he is at that stage where he can play if given a chance, but we are still a little bit cautious because he is two months ahead of time in terms of what we expected of him," Mngqithi said.

"There is still a feeling of not wanting to push him too much but there is also a feeling that the boy looks like he is ready to give us something, so we will have to decide about that with the coaches.

"At this stage, I cannot confirm whether he will be in the team or not, but he is looking very good, I must say," says Mngqithi.

In the latest edition of KICK OFF Magazine, Maboe talks about the challenge of being at Sundowns and the experience of playing CAF Champions League football amongst several subjects in the wide-ranging interview.

"It has always been my mantra from day one that I believe in my abilities, quality, and the person that I am. There is no one who is going to tell me not to believe in myself. I believe in the qualities that I have which are important when you are in such a big club as Sundowns where you must always be at your A-game.

"Champions League football is a different beast. Tricky as well. In the PSL you can make a mistake and get away with it but in the Champions League the moment you lose possession the ball is in the back of the net by the time you turn back," says Maboe.