Cape Town - Orlando Pirates assistant coach Fadlu Davids believes the current crop have players can achieve so much more.
Davids recently joined the Buccaneers technical after cutting ties
with Maritzburg United and is excited about the future of the club.
"The Pirates squad is a very good one that we have here, but the most
promising thing is the potential of the squad...I don’t think we’ve
reached even close to our potential," Davids told Goal.
"And it’s our job as coaches to help the squad realise its potential
and get the best out of each player [for them] to contribute towards
ultimately earning success [for the team]."
Davids will face his former mentor Ernst Middendorp over at Kaizer
Chiefs at the Soweto Derby on Saturday. The German played a vital role
in starting his coaching career.
"In January 2012, I was still a player, and of course Ernst
Middendorp had re-joined Maritzburg United at that time when I was the
captain of the team," continued Davids.
"I had a bad injury on my ankle and was not quite fully recovered – playing at 90%. Of course, we had talked before and he knew that I
wanted to go into coaching, but I didn’t think that would be the time
that I retire.
"He then offered me the position, saying, 'Look, let’s not think
about the next two to three years of playing, but the next twenty to
thirty years of coaching.' And that was the start of my coaching