Downs legend's wise message for Sirino


Former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Bennett Mnguni has hailed The Brazilians for rewarding their best players with long-term contracts.

Sundowns today announced five-year contract extensions for both Gaston Sirino and Thapelo Morena, not long after coach Pitso Mosimane and captain Hlompho Kekana extended their stays for four more years.

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Mnguni believes long-term contracts give players the confidence to go out and perform better on the pitch.

"They worked hard and deserve the contracts," Mnguni tells

"I can tell you my brother, working on a two-year contract is not a nice thing. If you don't play in the first season or struggle with injuries, it affects your performance the following season because you will be thinking about the future.

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"If they give you a long-term contract, you can focus on the performance and not worry about the future. It gives you freedom to perform. The only task you have is to perform.

"You can see a player on a two-year contract cannot put his foot on a tackle but the one with long-term can put in his foot because he is not worried about the future.

"When a club gives you a long-term contract, it shows trust and confidence in you, and you are bound to perform."

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The former Bafana Bafana midfielder also welcomes the decision to keep Uruguayan playmaker Sirino in South Africa after he attracted interest from Egypt earlier this year.

"Sirino is at home at Sundowns. He must just continue creating spaces and goals for his teammates," Mnguni adds.

"If he does score, it's a bonus. His job is to put defenders under pressure and help create chances for his teammates."

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