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Laffor back to propel Sundowns to victory

By Tshepang Mailwane | 2017-06-20 07:38:09.0

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane knows exactly the type of games Anthony Laffor is hyped up for, so he'll be counting his blessings following the return of the Liberian international from injury.

Sundowns have done well to get to the CAF Champions League group stages as a unit, but individual brilliance is just what they need to overcome Esperance in their Group C clash at Stade Olympique de Rades tomorrow (10pm SA time). And Laffor has that brilliance to inspire his third-placed team to a much-needed victory.

Laffor watched Sundowns' 2-1 defeat to Esperance from the Lucas Moripe Stadium stands a fortnight ago and, while nursing hamstring injury, he picked up a thing or two in the opponents' game.

"Technically they [Esperance] are good, but we can also break into their game because if you watched the game in Pretoria, we had chances that we did not capitalise on.

"So I hope we can capitalise on Wednesday [tomorrow]. They are not an extraordinary team we can't beat.

"The conditions [in Tunisia] are okay. It's hot, but it's better than other African countries we have been to. There's no time to complain. This game is important because we have to win to be number one. We are here to win because it would be too early for us to get out of the competition," added Laffor.

While Laffor and team captain Hlompho Kekana are back from injury, Wayne Arendse, Khama Billiat and Ricardo Nascimento are set to miss out with knocks.

"We have a big team. We will have injuries, but I don't think that's an excuse," said Laffor.

"I am happy to be back and I'll see how best to help the team. Since I joined Sundowns [in 2012] I have achieved a lot, but I am not satisfied. I can still win more trophies."