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Tau raves about Laffor's big-game pedigree

By Tshepang Mailwane | 2017-03-20 10:24:57.0

Despite leaving it late and almost giving their supporters a heart attack, Mamelodi Sundowns always knew they would get the one goal they needed in Kampala on Saturday to reach the CAF Champions League group stages.

Despite leaving it late and almost giving their supporters a heart attack, Mamelodi Sundowns always knew they would get the one goal they needed in Kampala on Saturday to reach the CAF Champions League group stages.

Sundowns avoided being knocked out as reigning champions against Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) thanks to a goal from a man who is no stranger to delivering when the club needs him most - Anthony Laffor.

The Liberian's goal in the final 10 minutes of the game levelled matters at 1-1 and Sundowns went on to clinch the tie 3-2 on aggregate after narrowly winning the first leg 2-1.

"It got difficult when they scored [through Geoffrey Sserenkuma], but we knew we were going to get one. We are African champions, so we always have to keep that in mind and believe in ourselves. If we don't, nobody else will," Percy Tau, Downs forward, said.

"Laffor is a big player and big players score in big games," added Tau, who this week joins Bafana Bafana camp.

The hero, Laffor, came on for defender Anele Ngcongca early in the second half and he did not disappoint.

"If we don't reach the group stages, it does not show hunger and character, so we fought as a team and we are through," said Laffor.

"We were looking for that one chance. The coach (Pitso Mosimane) asked me if I was ready (to come on) and I told him I am ready."

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