It Was A Team Victory Says Laffor19/Mar/2017 11:04
Mamelodi Sundowns had to progress in the CAF Champions League, and the players gave it everything, Super sub Anthony Laffor said after scoring the all important goal that saw the African Champions through to the next round of the competition against Kampala Capital City Authority in the Uganda capital to draw 1-1 and win 3-2 on aggregate.
The home side had scored a goal which would have given them the edge, but it was Sundowns they were playing against.
“Scoring that goal was not about me. It was all about the team. We fought as a team, and won as a team,” Laffor said.
“We knew it was going to be tough, particularly after they scored. But being African Champions and failing to progress was not an option for us. We fought and looked for that one chance, and we scored,” he said.
Laffor said that the coach only asked him if he was ready for battle, and he said he was and the coach sent him on for Anele Ngconca.
“The other guys like (Yannick) Zakri, Percy (Tau) and Mshishi (Themba Zwane) were playing well and scoring was inevitable. We just needed to keep our composure. In the end we got what we wanted.”
The lanky Liberian had buckets of praise for Tau.
“Before the game I told him that he will score, but if he does not, he should not get frustrated.
“As a young South African Percy has shown amazing character. He has shown hunger to do well, and he’s only 19 or twenty, but he works hard for the team. I take my hat off for him and only hope he stays humble,” he said.
Tau also had praise for Laffor.
“He is a big player. Big players play well in big games, seize the moment and score,” Tau said of his team mate.
“We fought hard as a team, and we knew that if we played our football we will score. We knew we would get at least one. We are, after all African champions, and just needed to believe in ourself.”
“When they scored, we knew it was going to be even harder, but we kept to our game plan, played football, and the goal came.”
Tau said he was inspired by the shouts of “Percy” from local fans as they took the field.
“When Ugandan fans shouted my name I felt humbled.”
A 10 year old fan wanted to meet and shake Tau’s hand, and the player they have named “Sledge” presented him with a jersey.
“I am inspired by these young fans, and feel honoured that I have inspired somebody. This youngster wants to play soccer in South Africa and play alongside me. I hope he does well,” said Tau.
On the sidelines, Sundowns decorated goal keeper Denis Onyango received another honour from his country whey he was named Uganda Tourism Ambassador of the Year to add to his African Player of the Year based in the continent, and South African goalkeeper of the year and the Uganda Player of the Year awards.