Mamelodi Sundowns forward Anthony Laffor talks about how injuries have set him back
Posted: 5 November 2018 Time: 20:30
Mamelodi Sundowns attacker Anthony Laffor can't wait to get back onto the pitch for the club, having spent a big part of 2018 watching his team's matches from the sidelines.
The Liberian international, who has made just two appearances this season, says it's only a matter of time before he makes a return to the pitch, as he has been set back by injuries. Before the start of the new season, Laffor spoke about how much he wants to play and make a contribution this season after the last campaign was wrecked by injury.
There were reports linking him with moves to Kaizer Chiefs, SuperSport United and Bidvest Wits, but he said he is committed to Sundowns. Now in the final year of his contract with the defending Absa Premiership champions, Laffor is hoping to bounce back and remind supporters why he is rated highly by coach Pitso Mosimane.
"I got injured in training and I was recovering well. I went to play for my country and after the game against Congo I got injured on my knee. But soon you guys will see me on the pitch," he said.
"It's frustrating, but it's football. The only thing you need to do is be humble and keep your feet on the ground. That's the most important thing. That's what I have been doing. The guys in the team have been doing well and I am very much supportive."
Getting injured at a club like Sundowns, where there's quality in every position, can sometimes make it difficult for players to get back into the starting line-up. Laffor will have his work cut out to make the team that Mosimane is trying to build, with the likes of Phakamani Mahlambi and Lebohang Maboe coming in as the new boys in attack.
"For me I don't pay attention to individuals, I pay attention to what the team is doing. When the team is doing well I am happy and I just hope and pray that I get the groove very soon. We [Liberia] also have a game against Zimbabwe very soon, so I need to prepare very well and see how best I can handle the situation. I am not far [from making a return]."