Downs Arrive In Tunisia For Grudge CAF Clash19/Jun/2017 05:23
And one player who is looking to make his return is Anthony Laffor, who endured the pain of watching his side go down to the Tunisian Giants from the grandstand due to injury, with the pain aggravated by the late referees optional time penalty which gave the Tunisians all three points.
The Liberian believes that his side can overcome the North Africans.
“Look, we are here to win. We have to win to get to the summit of our log. We are not here to draw,” the Liberian said in an interview at the weekend on arrival.
The sides meet on Wednesday, and the return of Laffor to the side is a welcome development.
“I watched our game against them in Atteridgeville. They are technically well structured,but we are confident that we can break through. This was clear from the number of chances we had, so we hope that on Wednesday we will use the opportunities,” Laffor said.
He does not believe Esperance are extraordinary, but they will take the game respecting them.
Sundowns are currently third on the log following their loss and the draw against St George, who they next meet away.
Sundowns took on Esperance with a host of injured players on the stand. “But we have a big enough squad, and we certainly do not want to be knocked out so early in the campaign. In football, there are bound to be injuries, so this should not be an excuse.”
“I am happy to be back and fit. I am ready to play. I have achieved a great deal with Sundowns, but there is still much to achieve. I am still not satisfied with my achievements so far.”
“For now, our focus is on Wednesday’s game, and then we will look at the next game.”
Sundowns will still be without talisman Khama Billiat, but Wayne Arendse and Motjeka Madisha were back in training following injuries which impacted heavily on the team’s defensive capabilities.
But inspirational captain Hlompho Kekana will be back to patch up the midfield and assist in attack, and also back is Tiyani “Sugar” Mabunda, who has had some game time with Bafana Bafana together with Tebogo Langerman, Themba Zwane and Percy Tau.