Liberian international forward Anthony Laffor says Mamelodi Sundowns’ CAF Champions League clash against Wydad Casablanca this weekend is crucial, “like a final.”
Laffor is among Coach Pisto Mosimane’s list of 23 players that arrived in Morocco on Tuesday for the second-leg fixture against the title holders.
“Every game for us now is like a cup final. We need to win our games, because if we make any mistakes, we are out,” Laffor told Kickoff Sports, a South African Sports media.
“We know that it’s going to be hard in Morocco. We’ve been there before and we know the atmosphere. For us to be safe, we need to win our games,” he said.
Sundowns are second in Group C with five points – three behind Wydad – and will be hoping to secure at least a draw.
A draw will give Sundowns a chance of progressing to the knockout phase, but a victory will be an added advantage for the “Brazilians.”
Sundowns’ Coach Mosimane had admitted that the match will be a tough one, and a draw will be the least thing that his team would collect in Morocco.
“Wydad are a difficult team, they know how to manage the game. They play cleverly. You must be careful of penalties. They are very good in set-pieces. We conceded a goal from a corner kick the last time we played them. When the time favors them, they delay the game. They do anything. You know the North Africans. The Champions League is a different cattle of fish. It’s an awkward tournament. But we know how to play it. It has its problems with traveling,” Cooch Mosimane told Sundowns official website.
The Sundowns were knocked out by Wydad in the quarterfinals of the Champions League last season.
Laffor, 33, is yet to make an appearance in the new South African Premiere League season, and will be looking forward to have an opportunity in Friday’s encounter.
He was linked with a move away from the club during the off-season, but said he wants to stay at the club.
He was last on the score sheet on November 1, 2017, when Sundowns defeated Orlando Pirates.