Maboe wants to follow in footsteps of his father22/05/2018
Maritzburg United midfielder Lebohang Maboe is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father and win the Nedbank Cup when his side takes on Free State Stars in the final at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
The youngster has hailed father Sidwell, who picked up a winners medal in the 1996 final of the Nedbank Cup competition with Orlando Pirates, as his hero.
Ironically, Stars are one of Maboe Senior’s former clubs, along with AmaZulu, Bloemfontein Celtic and SuperSport United.
“My father has a lot of medals that he won during his playing days. I’ve told him I’m also bringing mine,” Lebogang told reporters.
“My aim is to emulate Dad. His collection of medals is an inspiration to me. Mine also need to be displayed at home. He is my hero.”
Maboe Senior played for Pirates in the 1996 final as they defeated Jomo Cosmos 1-0.
His son, a mainstay of the Maritzburg side this season, is hoping to do likewise against Stars.
“We’ve beaten them away and they beat us at home. It is going to be an open game,” Maboe says. “No team will sit back. It is their last game of the season. It is also our last game. We have to give it our all.
“We want to campaign in the Confederation Cup next season. It is time we make history and take this cup and go and play CAF. The fans should be behind us, we want to reward them for packing the [Harry Gwala] stadium the whole season.”
Tickets for the Nedbank Cup decider are available at TicketPro outlets nationwide, including Edgars, Edgars active, Edgars connect, Jet, Jet Mart, Postnet and CAN.
They are selling at R40 for adults and R15 for children under 12, and can also be purchased online at TicketPro (www.ticketpro.co.za).
Aside from the football, there will be plenty more entertainment on the day, with the match to kick-off at 19h00.
*The views represented are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent those of Nedbank.