lifting lid on LAFFOR

SINCE his first foray into local football at Jomo Cosmos, SuperSport United forward Anthony Laffor has been something of a trailblazer.

SINCE his first foray into local football at Jomo Cosmos, SuperSport United forward Anthony Laffor has been something of a trailblazer.

Now in his second season with the reigning Absa Premiership champions, the lanky Liberian is also an integral part of his national team back home. He lets Sowetan in on a few things that make him tick; outside of football, of course.

Q: What would you be doing if you were not a football player?

A: It is really hard to say. I have wanted to play football since I can remember.

Q: List five people you would invite for dinner, and why?

A: Nelson Mandela, simply because he is a great legend known worldwide for his amazing contribution to democracy in the country.

Another one would be French footballer Thierry Henry. I love his style of play and I think he is an intelligent player from whom I can learn a lot. US tennis champion Venus Williams would be another. She is the best tennis player in the world, in my opinion. I think she is also a tall and beautiful woman.

Fourth would be Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger because he is such a great coach.

Lastly, I would have Nigerian (Nwankwo) Kanu - he is a legend in the footballing world who has not only conquered opposition teams for years, but he also overcame a heart illness. Plus he is also from West Africa, and we will have a lot to talk about.

Q: Your favourite meal?

A: That would have to be rice and chicken.

Q: When in a foreign country what do you do to pass the time?

A: I spend a lot of time sleeping - you can't just walk around on the streets in a foreign country, sometimes you can get lost or arrested.

Q: The last song you listened to?

A: R Kelly's You Saved Me. I'm a big fan of R&B.

Q: If money was not an issue, what car would you be driving?

A: The latest Porsche.

Q: Your favourite holiday destination?

A: Mauritius. I generally like islands, they are very relaxing.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 20 years' time?

A: Back home in Liberia managing my businesses.

Q: Who are the Liberians who inspire you?

A: Besides my parents, George Weah and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

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