Veteran winger Anthony Laffor has a burning desire to repay Chippa United and coach Dan Malesela for the faith they have shown him since joining the club three months ago from Mamelodi Sundowns.
Laffor was the hero at the weekend as he inspired Chippa to a 2-1 victory over Richards Bay in a Nedbank Cup quarterfinal, scoring his first goal for his new club.
The Liberian parted ways with Sundowns late last year after spending more than eight years at the Tshwane club and he is relishing the prospect of helping Chippa win the Nedbank Cup and avoid relegation.
“So, I’m happy to be part of a group at Chippa United, that we are in the semifinals, and just a game away from the Nedbank final, because you never know, it’s football, everything is possible,” said Laffor.
Chippa will face GladAfrica Championship side, Pretoria Callies, away from home in the Nedbank semifinal. The date, venue, and time will be confirmed at a later date by the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
“Well, I think since I came here, I’ve been getting game time, I’ve been playing regular football since I got here and I just want to say thanks so the coaches, the technical staff, my teammates for believing in me you know,” added Laffor.
“Because if they don’t, if your coach does not believe in you, you’ll not start a game, including my teammates, and I think we’ve been working tremendously hard.
“We’ve been working so hard and starting to gel with the guys very well from day one, since I came, it’s just that it took me some time, to work on my fitness, to get used to some of the guys, but everything is fun in the changing room.”
The 36-year-old winger has made 10 appearances for the ‘Chilli Boys’ in all competitions this season and he is eager to use his experience to help Malesela’s team win games while enjoying himself. “We are all happy, we have fun,” said Laffor.
“The most important thing is for me to guide my teammates and make them to understand that everything is possible in football. If you want to be successful you have to work hard,” he concluded.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi