The reigning African champions are in danger of falling in the first hurdle in the continent’s premier club competition, having taken just four points from their opening three matches.
Downs were held by Saint George at home in their opener, and while they won 2-1 away at AS Vita Club in their second group game, they fell to a 2-1 loss at home when Esperance came to Pretoria earlier this month.
"We are here to win,” Laffor told Downs’ official website. “We have to win to get to the summit of our log. We are not here to draw.
“I watched our game against them in Atteridgeville,” he continued. “They are technically well structured, but we are confident that we can break through.”
Yet Laffor, who returned to training ahead of the match, is confident that Downs can still trouble their heavyweight foe.
“We hope that on Wednesday we will use the opportunities,” he added. “We have a big enough squad and we certainly do not want to be knocked out so early in the campaign.
“In football, there are bound to be injuries, so this should not be an excuse.”
Vita Club host Saint George in the other Group C clash on Tuesday evening.