Anthony Laffor says Mamelodi Sundowns want to leave their mark on Africa
Posted: 22 October 2016 Time: 13:57
Mamelodi Sundowns striker Anthony Laffor feels the current Masandawana team are on the verge of history, and is desperate not to slip up in Sunday’s CAF Champions League Final.
The Brazilians take a 3-0 first leg lead to Alexandria, where they are just 90 minutes away from claiming a first continental crown for South Africa in 21 years, and a first-ever in the Pretoria club’s history.
“We know how important this competition is, and we are in it to win it,” Laffor – who scored the opener in the first leg – tells KickOff.com. “There’s no room for mistakes now, everyone is focused, and we don’t want to regret this opportunity – if we lose this, we will sit back five, six years from now and tell people that we were in a final, but have nothing to show for it … so this is our time to leave our legacy, to show our kids one day and say, ‘ When I played for Sundowns we won this’.
“And it’s not only about Sundowns, but about South Africa... and for us not from South Africa, about Africa – it’s a great thing winning this competition and to go back home to your country with a medal, and be proud.”
The Liberian says coach Pitso Mosimane has been a calming influence on the team, and insists the side need to focus on themselves, and not the opposition, come Sunday.
“Pitso has told us it’s not over yet, that we should be humble and listen to what he wants us to do – it’s football, anything is possible,” he says. “But we’re ahead of the competition as we’ve won at home, and they need to score four goals to beat us which won’t be easy, but we can’t focus on them – we need to be disciplined, and go from there.”
By Fabio De Dominicis in Egypt
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