CAFCL top scorer open to PSL switch

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CR Belouizdad playmaker and CAF Champions League top scorer Amir Sayoud says he'd be open to playing football in the DStv Premiership.

Sayoud, 30, is living up to the promise that saw him dubbed the 'Algerian Messi' during his formative years when the mercurial talent was snapped up by Al Ahly in 2008.

His stints at the Egyptian giants and the Middle East saw his career stall and fail to live up to the heights expected of the then-wonderkid of Algerian football.

But his return to his homeland in 2014 to SC Sfaxien eventually led him to Belouizdad - via stints with DRB Tadjenanet and USM Alger - where he's now lived up to his enormous promise.

Sayoud has been a standout performer this season in his number ten role and played a significant role in ending Mamelodi Sundowns four-year unbeaten run at home in the Champions League.

Speaking to KickOff.com, the Algeria international opened up about his famous nickname and confirmed he wouldn't rule out playing in South Africa if the opportunity presented itself.

"This nickname, they gave me before when I was at Ahly in Egypt because at that moment I was at the very top of my game, for me, I'm grateful to hear that I'm appreciated but I'm a humble man, I'm under service for the team," he said.

"I don't see why I wouldn't [play in South Africa], I'm a professional player... I don't know who, maybe Sundowns or Kaizer Chiefs, who knows I'm playing for a big team so it needs to be a big team also."

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Sayoud went on to reveal the political interference in Egyptian football played a huge role in his decline when the league was suspended for two years after the Port Said disaster which saw 74 people lose their lives.

"I was in the top with the first-team at that young age but Port Said changed everything," he revealed before expressing his desire to replicate the rebirth of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations winner Youcef Belaïli.

The Les Verts attacker used his success in the Champions League to win his place in the national team and developed into an indispensable part of their triumphant squad in Egypt.

"Of course [I want to return to the national team], I'm working hard and at a good level now, every game I'm playing well. I'm doing my best and hoping that I can earn that call-up," Sayoud concluded.

Sayoud has scored 10 goals and registered five assists in 18 appearances in all competitions, with nine-goal contributions coming in eight games in Africa's elite club competition.

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