JOHANNESBURG — Mamelodi Sundowns’ Anthony Laffor used Monday’s Telkom KO semi-final draw as the stage to hit back at a teammate whom he labelled as “unprofessional”.
The Liberian international delivered his rebuttal against Sundowns veteran Esrom Nyandoro, who had described the club’s current squad as “immature”.
Speaking after Sundowns had been drawn to face their Tshwane rivals SuperSport United in the Telkom Knockout semi-finals next weekend, Laffor said he did not know why Nyandoro had made such a remark.
“I think we are all senior players and we are all mature,” said Laffor. “I don’t want to get into it, but I don’t think it was professional of him to come out and say that.”
Nyandoro said that although Sundowns had better players now than in the past when the club dominated the Premier League, the club had been struggling this season and needed to grow. The Brazilians have had only three wins in 13 league and cup matches this season and are third from bottom on the Premier League table.
Nyandoro said: “It is unfortunate that we still have quite a young team, not like before where we had youngsters, but somehow they were mature enough.”
Laffor promised to prove Nyandoro wrong, saying sparks would fly when United hosted Sundowns on November 18 in a TKO match that was likely to be played at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
Meanwhile, Orlando Pirates defender Rooi Mahamutsa’s season is over after he ruptured an Achilles at the weekend.
Mahamutsa, a key figure in the Buccaneers back four in the past two seasons, was injured in the 5-3 penalty defeat by Celtic at Free State Stadium on Sunday. He will now miss the crucial Absa Premiership match against Mamelodi Sundowns today at Loftus and the rest of the campaign.
Pirates coach Roger de Sa confirmed the news and added that another key player, Andile Jali, would also miss the match against the Brazilians. Jali twisted a knee and will be sidelined for three weeks. — Sowetan