Mamelodi Sundowns attacker Anthony Laffor, used primarily off the bench this season, says he has no problem with the situation and aims to make the most of every minute he gets on the pitch.
Laffor has come on as a sub in five of Sundowns’ six league matches this season, scoring once in the total of 108 minutes league action he has had.
The Liberian has also been involved in national team duty and provided two assists for his country in a 3-1 victory over Guinea Bissau eight days ago in a 2018 FIFA World Cup first round qualifying game. That win, 4-2 on aggregate, means that Liberia will now face the Ivoty COast in the second round.
Able to make an impact for both club and country, the former Jomo Cosmos and SuperSport United goal-getter says he is content with the way the season has gone for him and has credited the support he receives in Pretoria.
“I am always happy to play well for my country, and to return to Sundowns without injury. We went to Guinea Bissau and won, and that’s a great feeling. I am happy to have been able to add value to my country, and it’s all thanks to the hard work that goes on at Mamelodi Sundowns,” the 30-year-old told the Sundowns website.
“My good form at both Mamelodi Sundowns and country is thanks to the support of the technical team and coaches. And, of course, my mates also play a great role in urging me on, and encouraging me. This is the kind of support we give each other. We are a team, and we encourage each other to work hard for the common purpose.
He continued: “If you want to be successful, you need to work hard, and I am happy that I am brought on with the purpose of making an impact. There are so my good players at Mamelodi Sundowns, and I am grateful for the confidence that the coach is showing in me, and his belief in my ability to make an impact.
“It is for this reason that I do not have a problem in coming on as a substitute, and with specific brief from the coach as to what he wants me to do. As a player, you always want to have challenges that you can overcome. It’s not easy in soccer, as in life, so when the coach gives me a chance to play, I put in every ounce of my muscle to make a positive contribution. And as long as I play well and make a contribution at Mamelodi Sundowns, I will be acknowledged by my country’s football leadership…” Source Premier Soccer League