Davids: Bucs have not reached full potential

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 career."

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