Sirino's insignificance explained


Retired Uruguayan forward Bryan Aldave has explained why Mamelodi Sundowns forward Gaston Sirino's exploits in South Africa is not being acknowledged back home.

Aldave believes it is of no significance that his countryman will never get any recognition in his homeland regardless of how much he excels at Sundowns.

Sirino has been of great value through the three years that he has spent at Sundowns, which brought about interest from Egyptian powerhouse Al Ahly in recent months.

Yet, for all the three league titles he helped the club win in a row and the contribution he has made through that period, he has never even come close to a La Celeste national team call-up, with local calls for him to be considered for Bafana Bafana instead.

"Only journalists who cover Uruguayans abroad know that he is doing well [in South Africa]. The PSL is not well known here and we don’t get any information about it unless you make the effort," Aldave, who played for Sundowns during the 2007/08 season, tells

"You have to understand that there are many Uruguayans playing outside the country."

As two-time World champions and the most successful country in the Copa America ahead of both Argentina and Brazil, the fact is that the standards are simply higher in Sirino's homeland.

"Sirino is a very good player and he has done well there [in South Africa]. It is not important if he is known or not in Uruguay," Aldave continues.

"What I can tell you is that we who know him, know how well he has done and is such an important figure at Sundowns. I played against him here in Uruguay [when Aldave was at IA Sud America Montevideo and Sirino at Rampla Juniors in 2013)."

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