By Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe
Mamelodi Sundowns forward Anthony Laffor insists he is not fussed about being labeled as difficult by his club Coach Pitso Mosimane and would rather focus his performances.
Mosimane has often raised his voice in expressing his feelings about Laffor, branding him as difficult whilst at the same time reiterating that his talent is wasted on the bench.
Training ground bust ups through the years have just become pillow fights between Mosimane and Laffor – the latter not always featuring as much he should be considering his capabilities.
Has he ever thought of himself as being a difficult?
“I am not difficult. He [Mosimane] is the first person that has said I am difficult. I am not difficult… I am Anthony Laffor,” he tells KickOff.com.
“I am telling you today that I am not difficult. Only he [Mosimane] knows about me being difficult. I mean even the people at home my family knows that I am not difficult, my teammates know that I am not difficult and so if he can say that I am difficult then it is only him who knows about why he says so. I have never asked why he says I am difficult.
"If that is the way he feels I don’t need to ask him why he says so. I am not taking it personal. I am okay with his comment and all I will do is work hard for the good of the team because that is the most important thing.
“At the end of the day I need to be humble and I need to respect my job. I am not here to cause confusion or get into arguments with the coaches. If that is how (Mosimane) he feels about me then that is what it is.
"That is him and there is nothing that will change about it so I just need to be humble, concentrate, work hard for this big brand that is Sundowns. This club is bigger than Pitso and myself so who am I to argue with Pitso if he says things about me. The most important thing is the team. What matters is how we work for the benefit of the team."
In the last two games the Liberian has responded by scoring the winner that took The Brazilians to this weekend’s MTN8 final before finding the target again with the crucial early opener last Saturday against ZESCO United as Sundowns made their way to the Champions League final.
“That is my job. I am here to score goals and I here to work hard for the team and help my teammates. What I know is that this is a team sport and I want to say thanks to my teammates for their support and service because this is not all about me. This is about the team and as long as the team wins at the end of the day then I am happy,” he notes.
The 31 year-old will again be called upon on Saturday to provide the goals that will bring the MTN8 trophy to Chloorkop for the first time.