Anthony Laffor bullish ahead of Esperance-Mamelodi Sundowns clash
Posted: 19 June 2017 Time: 09:27
Returning Mamelodi Sundowns forward Anthony Laffor says his side will not settle for a draw ahead of their crunch CAF Champions League clash against Esperance.
The Brazilians are in Tunisia preparing for their group stage clash against their continental rivals, who edged the defending champions 2-1 in Atteridgeville at the start of the month.
Laffor, who was out injured for that encounter, feels that Sundowns held their own against the Tunisian giants, and are more than capable of out-smarting them in their own back yard on Wednesday evening.
“I watched our game against them in Atteridgeville,” he told his club’s website. “They are technically well structured, but we are confident that we can break through. This was clear from the number of chances we had, so we hope that on Wednesday we will use the opportunities.”
Sundowns were unable to field a fully-fit squad for the first leg clash, yet Laffor feels that was not an excuse, with the Liberian eager to gte back onto the pitch himself following his lay-off.
“We have a big enough squad, and we certainly do not want to be knocked out so early in the campaign. In football, there are bound to be injuries, so this should not be an excuse,” he said.
“I am happy to be back and fit. I am ready to play. I have achieved a great deal with Sundowns, but there is still much to achieve. I am still not satisfied with my achievements so far.
“For now, our focus is on Wednesday’s game, and then we will look at the next game.”
Star player Khama Billiat is still side-lined, yet Wayne Arendse and Motjeka Madisha have returned to training while Bafana Bafana internationals Hlompho Kekana, Tiyani Mabunda, Tebogo Langerman, Themba Zwane and Percy Tau are all up for selection.
And with the team at their disposal, and currently sitting third in their group – three points behind Esperance – Laffor knows only a victory will do.
“We are here to win,” he said. “We have to win to get to the summit of our log. We are not here to draw.”