Having lost Sibusiso Vilakazi to a long-term injury in the last international break, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is hoping his players do not return from national duty with knocks.
Midfielder Vilakazi sustained an Achilles injury while in Bafana camp last month and was ruled out for the rest of the season. Anthony Laffor also returned with a knock during the last international recess and only started training recently.
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Laffor has been included in Liberia’s squad for their upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Zimbabwe, while the likes of Denis Onyango, Kennedy Mweene, Toni Silva, Hlompho Kekana, Lebohang Maboe and Motjeka Madisha are also on international duty. Mosimane will need the players back for the clash against Black Leopards on November 27.
“When you play three times a week, you are going to have those smaller things and you hope that you don’t lose players on the international break, because that’s where we lost ‘Vila’ and that’s where Denis got injured also. That’s where Laffor got injured,” Mosimane said.
“Laffor played two games for Liberia in three months and no game for us. Those are the issues we are facing with international programmes. But it’s professional football, you are going to see those things.”
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