Silva was signed by Sundowns as they looked ahead to life without Khama Billiat, but the Guinea-Bissau international was unable to make a real impact in the colours of the defending Absa Premiership champions.
Silva, a former youth player at English Premier League giants Chelsea and Liverpool, has joined Egyptian club Al-Ittihad and Downs are said to have pocketed a transfer fee of about R4-million.
During his time with the Brazilians, Silva played 11 matches and scored two goals – against Cape Town City in the MTN8 and AmaZulu in the league.
There was loads of competition in the attacking positions at Chloorkop, as he had to compete with the likes of Themba Zwane, Gaston Sirino, Lebohang Maboe and Phakamani Mahlambi for game-time.
Mosimane says it’s never easy for players coming from Europe to adapt to the football in the PSL.
“Toni Silva did not work out. He did not want to stay. Every time he wanted to go,” Mosimane said.
“There’s Themba Zwane, who has never played for Chelsea and Liverpool, and he gives you more. There’s Sirino, there’s Maboe. You know it’s very difficult when you come from Europe to here. It’s a different game, high impact. PSL is too fast.”