Laffor targets top spot for Downs
Posted: 15 November 2017 Time: 11:00
Mamelodi Sundowns have missed out on winning the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout, but Anthony Laffor feels they can still please their fans by finishing the year on top of the Absa Premiership table.
It’s been a difficult last few months for Sundowns since they were knocked out of the CAF Champions League by champions Wydad Casablanca, while the likes of Laffor, Khama Billiat and Yannick Zakri had been struggling with injury.
Laffor returned to the side for the league match against Orlando Pirates, scoring a good goal in a 3-1 victory over the Buccaneers at Orlando Stadium earlier this month.
Sundowns missed his presence, but having him back no doubt gives the Brazilians a strong chance of ending 2017 in top spot.
Sundowns, who are currently in eighth place, have played seven matches thus far, three less than leaders Baroka FC. Pitso Mosimane’s men are just five points behind the leaders, so Laffor’s target of reaching the summit is within grasp.
“It’s important [to finish the year on a high]. At Sundowns we set our goals. We are not going to win any trophy before the years ends, but we can be number one at end of December and this will be a boost for us. We want to keep our spot in the Champions League because we are a Champions League league team. The second half of the season is going to be interesting,” Laffor tells KickOff.com.
While he was away nursing an ankle problem, Laffor had to watch helplessly as the team struggled for results. They dropped points at home against AmaZulu and Kaizer Chiefs and were edged by Chippa United in the Telkom Knockout quarter-finals.
“It’s very important to be on the pitch as a professional, but there’s nothing you can do when you get injured,” says Laffor, who sustained the injury against Free State Stars in September.
“The guys were giving their best. All the games we lost and drew, the guys gave their best. It’s just that we were unlucky. At Sundowns if we lose, we lose together and if we win, we win together.
“It was frustrating [watching from the sidelines], but we knew that we needed to lift ourselves. We need to work hard as a team.”
Sundowns have an interesting league battle coming up on Tuesday against defending champions Bidvest Wits in Milpark, Johannesburg (19h30). They have a score to settle after they were beaten by the Clever Boys at the same venue last season.