Local News 23.9.2016 02:08 pm

Laffor is a difficult person – Mosimane

Pitso Mosimane celebrates with Anthony Laffor of Mamelodi Sundowns (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

Pitso Mosimane celebrates with Anthony Laffor of Mamelodi Sundowns (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says he does not know why Anthony Laffor is not a regular starter on his side.

The lanky Liberian is often used as an impact player by Mosimane, the recent being when he came off the bench to score the winner that fired Mamelodi Sundowns to the MTN8 final.

Prior to that, the 31-year-old came on as a substitute to provide an assist for Khama Billiat in the Champions League first-leg semifinal away to Zesco United.

“You must look at the relationship between me and Laffor for the last three years. Somewhere, somehow I always ask Laffor: why can’t you be in the starting lineup? You got so much speed and technique, you are such a good football player, why should you come from the bench?” Mosimane said.

“But somewhere, somehow, you play him at the start of the game, and you don’t get much, and I end up substituting him at 45 minutes, and now I have lost a substitute. So he comes up at the right time, and somewhere, somehow I speak to him. Against Tuks (University of Pretoria) I said we have a big game, we need to win the league, and this is the game that seals everything … I don’t want to go to Bidvest Wits and fight for it. And he started and scored a hat trick … he is a very difficult player, trust me.

“Anthony Laffor and Asavela Mbekile are difficult people to deal with, because I don’t know if today they are going to play or not.

“I think Mbekile should play [regularly] at right-back. One day he will give you a wonder game. It is the life of a coach, we are dealing with difficult characters … there are 25 characters,” he added.

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