SuperSport’s Anthony Laffor

By Drum Digital
30 March 2011

HE WAS just four when the first Liberian civil war erupted and fear gripped his country. Thousands lost their lives and his family went into hiding to avoid the chaos and slaughter that engulfed the impoverished West African country. Ten years later, under the autocratic government of Charles Taylor, the country plunged into yet another civil war where innocent children were turned into child soldiers in Liberia's darkest hour. And right in the middle of it all was Anthony Laffor.

"I almost became a child soldier too, but my family helped me avoid that fate," the 26-year-old SuperSport United striker recalls. "It was terribly painful seeing children, men and pregnant women being killed and I was convinced my family and I would not survive."But now his days of fear and poverty are a thing of the past, as we find out at his cosy two-bedroom home in Centurion, south of Pretoria. Two friends are washing his white Mercedez Benz C-Class Kompressor outside while he relaxes inside his townhouse. The walls are covered with spiritual photographs, posters and religious poems and it's clear that this devout Christian is having a rare morning off as he invites us to make ourselves comfortable on his suede couches while he takes a quick shower.

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