Anthony Laffor appears to be on his way out of Mamelodi Sundowns having absconded back to Liberia after being censured by a disciplinary hearing.
Laffor is believed to have refused to turn up for training ahead of Downs’ first Caf Champions League group stage match against ES Setif in Algeria‚ to be played this Saturday.
Sundowns left for the match to be played on Saturday‚ via Istanbul‚ on Tuesday.
Laffor apparently learnt that striker Leonardo Castro was returning to training a few days later than the rest of the squad.
He refused to report for training until the same day Castro – who was given extended leave because of the recent birth of his baby – did‚ and the Liberian faced a disciplinary hearing.
Laffor‚ though‚ has since absconded back to his home country.
Laffor is believed to have received interest from Kaizer Chiefs and his defiance is thought to be linked to the pursuit from Naturena. He has a year left on his Sundowns contract.
Kaizer Chiefs may look to try and land Mamelodi Sundowns’ Anthony Laffor on a pre-contract come January, possibly even looking to take him on loan.
As reported in this week’s issue of Soccer Laduma, Chiefs are keeping a close eye on the Liberian international, and will be well aware that his current deal with Sundowns will come to an end in just over six months time.
The versatile 29-year-old has dropped out of Pitso Mosimane’s plans in recent months and will no doubt be open to a move elsewhere as he goes in search of regular game time.
According to Siya sources, Laffor is on the Amakhosi’s list of possible targets in the coming months, and they will be allowed to open up talks with him in January if they so wish as he enters in the last six months of his deal.
Katlego Mphela, who signed a pre-contract with Chiefs in early, was loaned out to the club by Sundowns before making his move permanent at the end of last season, a situation which may repeat itself in Laffor’s case.
Laffor not leaving Sundowns
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has insisted that attacker Anthony Laffor will not be leaving the club.
The Liberia international has been linked with a move away from Sundowns after they fined and suspended him for late arrival from a break.
The Brazilians’ off-season was cut short after they were reinstated into the CAF Champions League.
Laffor missed the team’s 2-1 win over Nigerian giants Enyimba in their group match on Wednesday.
“Laffor is fine; Laffor was supposed to be here. His daughter is in hospital since Tuesday, I think the daughter fell…It is unbelievable,” Mosimane told KickOff.
“He is at the Edenvale hospital looking after his daughter. He was supposed to be in camp [on Tuesday], but there is no problem.
“The disciplinary issues have been lifted. They [players] make mistakes, he came back late but we don’t keep grudges.
“He got the punishment and we also fined him, so it is okay and he is back. He is one of us. Laffor has a contract with us.”