Anthony Laffor: Every game is now a cup final for Mamelodi Sundowns in the Caf Champions League

Mamelodi Sundowns, Anthony Laffor, July 2018
The Masandawana attacker is ready to answer his coach's call should he is called upon on Friday

Mamelodi Sundowns star Anthony Laffor is always one for the big occasion.

The Liberian attacker most recently came to the fore in the Shell Helix Ultra Cup, where he starred on the field, in front of an impressive crowd.

Although talented and influential, Laffor struggled for game time last season and made just 11 appearances in the league last season as he battled with injury.

However, Laffor is back in action and Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane will be banking on the 33-year-old to make an impact as they look to turn their Caf Champions League fortunes around.

“Every player wants to play. I am just happy that I have been given the opportunity to play for Sundowns again,” Laffor told the media.

“So, I just need to keep my feet on the ground and listen to what my coaches want me to do – respect my teammates, and whenever I get a chance, I just want to make things happen,” the Liberia international added.

However, Sundowns have an uphill battle following their recent defeat against Togo-Port in Lome.

“It’s difficult, every game is like a cup final. We need to win our two games before going to Morocco, because you guys (the media) didn’t put us in this situation, we put ourselves in this,” Laffor explained.

Laffor though, has targeted the Brazilians' two upcoming home clashes to secure progression into the next round.

“The only thing we can do now is to win our two home games which we can do. And how we can do it is by working on the field and listening to what our coaches want us to do,” Laffor said.

“So, we got to cross that bridge on Friday, then we can see how best we can play the team from Guinea,” he continued.

“The difference now is our last campaign, we didn’t lose a game. But now, we lost our last game in Togo, that’s the only difference,” he recalled.

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“But Sundowns is a good team, we know that we can bounce back. We believe in ourselves, but talking is different from doing on the pitch. We just need to do it on Friday, I believe that we can do it. We should stick to our game plan, because in Togo we missed chances,” he stated.

“So, the chances we missed in Togo, if we get that on Friday and if we can put that into use, we can be victorious,” he expressed.