Mamelodi Sundowns winger, Anthony Laffor, has indicated that he does not mind being a substitute and is happy with his role as an impact player.
The 30-year-old’s good form coming off the bench for Downs this season has ensured he retains the captaincy when playing for his national team Liberia.
Laffor started in both legs of his country's recent World Cup Qualifiers against Guinea Bissau, which they won 4-2 on aggregate and will now take on Ivory Coast in November. He indicated that his club and country form go hand in hand and is happy with the chance afforded to him by Downs coach Pitso Mosimane, who has been using him as an impact player of late.
“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,”
“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 many 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,” he added.
Are you happy with Laffor’s contributions so far this season? Do you think he should be given a few more opportunities to start or continue to be used as an impact player?