Mosimane: Laffor back in contention for Luanda clash
Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane has revealed that Anthony Laffor will be available for selection against Petro de Luanda on Saturday.
The Brazilians are in Angola for their CAF Champions League Group C clash and Mosimane appeared to be in good spirits ahead of the tie as his charges have had more time to prepare.
"To be honest it has been a little bit of a relief to have five days before the match to prepare, normally we have two and a half or three days to prepare," Mosimane told the club's official website.
"Five days helps us to really get rest and prepare properly. We arrived, the hotel is okay, the training pitch is okay, usually we struggle with training pitches, but our advance team has done a very good job.
"We were a little bit cold in Algeria in December, now we are here in Angola and it's hot. 32 degrees and there is humidity, you can see in our pictures, we have to make sure they are not dehydrated. But the players have to adjust, we have no excuse."
On the injury front Mosimane was also pleased to confirm that Laffor is back in contention, while Ricardo Nascimento is also available.
"We are only managing Thapelo [Morena] and his groin. The good thing is that Ricardo Nascimento is back as an additional player in the team, but we still have injuries to Rivaldo Coetzee, Oupa Manyisa, Aubrey Ngoma," he added.
"Another positive thing is that Anthony Laffor is pain-free and training and is now ready to be selected for this game as well as upcoming games. We are getting a few players back, we've also got Phakamani [Mhlambi] back now so the squad is starting to get its shape and we’re hoping that Mauricio Affonso will be back soon."
Sundowns will be aiming to consolidate their lead at the top of Group C where they are one point ahead of Casablanca.