By Isaac Ndou
PIETERMARITZBURG: Fadlu ‘Fadluraghman’ Davids’ journey to being one of South Africa’s soccer coaches seem to be taking aiming for the sky.
The young coach who will turn 37 on May 21 started his coaching career as assistant to Ernst Middendorp after he retired from professional football in 2012. He became head coach for the first time in 2016, taking over as caretaker coach following Middendorp’s parting with Maritzburg.
His time in the host seat at the time didn’t last long as the club appointed Roger De Sa and reinstated Davids’ as assistant coach yet again. De Sa was to then eventually leave the club after seven games with the former striker taking up the coaching role once again.
Davids has opted to work with his brother Maahier Davids as assistant coach in both stints at the Maritzburg dugout. The two brothers worked together to prevent the Club from being relegated from the PSL in the 2016/2017 season and have since turned the club’s fortunes around.
He joined Maritzburg as a player in 2007 and scored 18 goals in 85 appearances. He was the National First Divisions top scorer before he joined the team of choice. He played for Mother City, Manning Rangers, Engen Santos, Chermomorets Burgas, Avendale Athletico, Vasco Da Gama and HP Silver stars in the country’s lower tier leagues.
The former striker has a thing for giving young players a chance of first team action and produced some of the best youngsters currently in the league such as Siphesihle Ndlovu, Bandile Shandu and Mondli Dlamini to name a few.
The coach made history when he led the club to their first ever cup final after beating Mamelodi Sundowns 3-1 to advance to the Nedbank Cup final. The club is also in the brink of qualifying for the Caf Confederations cup, provided they finish their season in third position where they currently sit.