South Africa based Anthony Laffor has become the first Liberian player to win the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League.
After playing a key role for his side, Mamelodi Sundowns, the 31 year old becomes the first Liberian to appear in the final and win a trophy.
Laffor, who was taken as a ‘joker’ by his coach, got the opener in the semi-final 2nd leg after Sundowns defeated Zambian side ZESCO 3-2 on aggregate.
Laffor also got the opener and provided an assist in the first leg of the CAF Champions League when Sundowns defeated Zamalek 3-0, which gave them an advantage to move on to the 2nd leg of the final.
“Once a dream, it’s now a reality! Thanks to God the Almighty for this great achievement. Thanks to my teammates and officials for the hard work and determination. Thanks to you my fans, supporters and well-wishers for the prayers and faith in me,” Anthony Laffor posted on his Facebook page.
Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday won the league, which is its first continental title, after defeating Zamalek of Egypt 3-1 on aggregate.
The Pretoria-based side will also now represent Africa at December’s Fifa Club World Cup in Japan and has in addition won $1.5m for claiming the trophy.
In another development, CAF double nominee William Jebor scored a goal for his club Wydad Athletic Club in their 5-0 win during the weekend.
William Jebor now has 4 goals out of four appearances for his side. Wydad has won all of its first four league matches since the start of the season.
Liberians are waiting to see if Jebor will win in any of the category during the CAF award gala slated for January 7, 2017.