Committed Laffor Still In the Fold
By Wleh Bedell
Though at age 30 Anthony Snorti Laffor is in the twilight of his career, the 26 capped international certainly has more in his tank to offer Liberia and is still in the fold for the red, white and blue as he and teammates brace themselves for the plum fixture against group one leaders Tunisia's Carthage Eagles.
Buccaneering runs, turbo booted pace, good work ethic, intelligence and discipline are keys attributes of the central midfielder turned lateral midfielder.
Since being scouted by Coach Kadalla Kromah where he made his debut away to Gambia in the Lone Star 0-2 loss on October 17, 2003, the towering wide man has not looked back as he continues to contribute to the team.
The lanky winger who turned over the captain's armband after the Lone Star disappointing 0-2 loss away to Lesotho on June 1, 2014, when he announced his retirement from international football, swiftly rescinded his decision as he heard the plea of connoisseurs to return to the fold for the Lone Star in the last match against Togo.
Laffor's ability to track back in squeezing the wing, his bursting run of pace in the final third and ferocious long range effort are all key marks of the hardworking attacking ace.
From a dejected understudy at LISCR, Snorti has matured into a reliable footballer and with stints at Asanti Gold, Jomo Cosmos, Super Sports United and now Mamelodi Sundowns, the Brazilians, Laffor epitomises the qualities of an athlete. However, it would be grossly unfair to judge him just from scoring as his work ethic is also a a salient factor.
With strikes against Sierra Leone and Uganda, Laffor is more a player pulling the strings in the middle third order than just engaged in scoring. He is a supplier, a tank man, a marauding player, a lithe marker, versatile, mobile, inventive and team player who gives his all to his side.
With just four days to him winning his 27th international cap, the Bushrod Island based footballer now based in South Africa is in no way short of experience as he has since been tried and trusted. His longevity with the Lone Star is no mean feat as he has earned it. The shaved hair player who from a distance seemingly resembles the legendary George Manneh Weah, is expected to be deployed at the right side of the 4-4-2 diamond against Tunisia this Saturday September 5, 2015 where he will be expected to play above himself.