Downs pursue Sirino replacement

CAF Champions League

Mamelodi Sundowns have cast their sights in the direction of Algeria attacking midfielder Amir Sayoud as they seek to pave the way for Gaston Sirino’s departure for Egypt.

Sundowns have long identified Sayoud – a dangerous number 10 who is currently in the books of Algerian club CR Belouizdad.

CR Belouizdad played The Brazilians' twice in the group stages of the CAF Champions League and Sayoud scored in both games.

He is the leading goal scorer in this year’s Champions League with eight goals even though his club has since been knocked out in the quarterfinals by Esperance.

For a player who operates as an attacking midfielder, supporting or out wide on some occasions his numbers make for some interesting reading.

In 29 appearances this term he has scored 20 goals and provided a further nine assists meaning he has an average of being involved in a goal every match that he plays – this regardless of how long he would have spent on the pitch.

Word is that Sundowns have already started the process of engaging the Algerian – who will become a free agent at the end of this month.

After CRB's 2-0 win over Sundowns in April, the player himself revealed he'd be open to joining the DStv Premiership champions should an offer be forthcoming.

Scroll through the gallery below to see the top scorers from the 2020/21 CAFCL group stages

The Sundowns technical team has made their recommendation that if Sirino is to get his desired move to Al Ahly then any equally productive replacement in Sayoud should be brought in.

Sirino only gave Sundowns five goals and three assists in 27 appearances this past season which clearly shows that he wasn’t operating at his best with the Ahly offer in his mind.

Sundowns have previously turned down repeated offers from the Red Devils for Sirino but they will be keen to listen again and let him go if they get Sayoud.

Sayoud is vastly experienced having also played for the Club of the Century as a teenager while he has had stints in Bulgaria, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Tunisia in between playing in Algeria.

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