Mamelodi Sundowns players insists that playing football non-stop over the past 24 months is no reason for them complain as being champions has it’s own consequences like these.
Anthony Laffor argues that, as professionals who are paid to do this job, they are actually enjoying being on the field week-in and week-out.
Since the start of the 2015/16 season The Brazilians have had no proper off-season due to their continental commitments, with the domestic seasons not running in tandem with their CAF schedule.
“Every footballer wants to play football and the space that we are in now, we are enjoying that space,” Laffor tells us.
While other local clubs have had a few weeks off since the end of May, Sundowns have had to remain active in dealing with the demands of travelling the continent as they fulfil Champions’ League group stages fixtures, just as they did last year on their way to being crowned the champions of Africa.
The Brazilians will only have a mini-break of just over two weeks after Sunday’s game against AS Vita, and then return to prepare for the new domestic season which kicks off early next month.
“The only unfortunate part is that our families are not enjoying it because we don’t get to spend as much time with them,” he admits.
“To tell you the truth, every footballer in the world wants to play football week in, week out. Even in Europe they play football week in week out.
“So with us we are not complaining because we are enjoying the situation that we are in. We just need to focus well and be very disciplined because at the end of the day, if you’re not disciplined your career is going to get affected,” reasons the Liberian adding that their target remains finishing top of the group.
Sundowns – just like Esperance – have already qualified for the quarterfinal stage in Group C, but the battle to determine who finishes top is still on.
The Brazilians host The Black Dolphins at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday (19h00), while the Tunisians welcome Saint George to Tunis in a match that will kick-off at the same time.
“At the beginning of these group stages we told ourselves that we want to be number one in the group, and we are number two at the moment.
“The game on Sunday is important because if we win you never know what will happen in Tunisia,” he notes.