‘It has been really tough’ – Downs attacker admits struggles

Following the Coronavirus pandemic that saw all football activities on suspension for three months, a Mamelodi Sundowns attacker shared his struggles when it comes to staying fit and motivated during the break.

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Attacker Lebohang Maboe admits that the continued lockdown has been hard for him as he lacked some discipline that the situation itself says is asking a lot from an individual.

Lebohang Maboe of Mamelodi Sundowns tackled by Happy Jele of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto on the 01 April 2019.
Lebohang Maboe of Mamelodi Sundowns tackled by Happy Jele of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns at the Orlando Stadium.
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“These have been really, really tough times, not just for myself, I’m sure for other players out there playing for other teams,” Maboe told KickOff.com.

“It has been really tough. We are not used to being at home for three months and it’s totally different training from home compared to training with your mates on the field.

“It asks a lot from you each and every day but to take a positive from it, it helps you mentally. You don’t have to do good things only when people are watching but you can also do it alone, which also pushes you to keep on training regardless of training alone.”

The 25-year-old attacker says he personally hopes that the break prepares him to reclaim his place in coach Pitso Mosimane’s squad and get back to his old form.

“It helps if when the league resumes you know you’ve set up a foundation by training alone, so that you not too far behind,” he says.

“When the league was about to be suspended, I felt like I was starting to be at my level-best. I felt like I was working to be myself again, gaining my confidence again and working for the team.

“To stay at home for more than three months, it has been tiring and asks a lot from you to train alone. You have to be mentally tough to know that you have to push yourself every day.”