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Fighting talk from Anthony Laffor ahead of Mamelodi Sundowns-Esperance showdown

7:11 AM GMT+8 20/06/2017
Sundowns, Anthony Laffor & Mazembe, Mechail Elia
The Liberia wideman says that the African champions cannot use injuries as an excuse when they head to Tunisia

Mamelodi Sundowns will not be using injuries as an excuse when they travel to Tunisis to face Esperance in the Caf Champions League on Wednesday, according to wideman Anthony Laffor.

The reigning African champions are in danger of falling in the first hurdle in the continent’s premier club competition, having taken just four points from their opening three matches.

Downs were held by Saint George at home in their opener, and while they won 2-1 away at AS Vita Club in their second group game, they fell to a 2-1 loss at home when Esperance came to Pretoria earlier this month.

"We are here to win,” Laffor told Downs’ official website. “We have to win to get to the summit of our log. We are not here to draw.

“I watched our game against them in Atteridgeville,” he continued. “They are technically well structured, but we are confident that we can break through.”

The Brazilians were pipped to the PSL title by Bidvest Wits, and will be without key man Khama Billiat for the trip to North Africa.

Yet Laffor, who returned to training ahead of the match, is confident that Downs can still trouble their heavyweight foe.

“We hope that on Wednesday we will use the opportunities,” he added. “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.”

Vita Club host Saint George in the other Group C clash on Tuesday evening.