Johannesburg – Mamelodi Sundowns’hard-to-please supporters may be a difficult hurdle to negotiate for some players but this is certainly not the case for Lebohang Maboe.
The striker is grateful for the ‘tough love’ displayed by the supporters and said they motivated him when he struggled for goals during Sundowns’ march to the championship.
Maboe was targeted by the supporters after he played 41 matches in all competitions and only managing four goals and one assist.
“Obviously it’s not nice to be always being criticised and hearing from people that you are not doing well‚ but tough love from the fans really motivated me‚” he said as Sundowns prepared fort eh Nedbank Cup final against Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday.
“There were times where they (supporters) were ruthless to me but that goes with becoming a professional footballer. You have to be able to withstand the criticism and be able to move on.
“I had a lot of support from my family‚ team-mates and the technical team. The technical team really supported me‚ and my team-mates urged me to keep my head up and keep on working hard. That’s what I did.