'Sundowns can't lose Sirino now'


Mamelodi Sundowns legend Joel 'Fire' Masilela believes it would be a huge blow if the club were to lose star player Gaston Sirino to Al Ahly.

The former fan-favourite winger believes this is not the right time to part ways with the Uruguayan as none of the current players in the Sundowns team would be able to fill his shoes.

According to reports, a deal between Sirino and the Egyptian giants has already been agreed and all that is left is for the South African champions to accept an offer.

Egyptian sources recently indicated to this website recently that if Sirino were to leave, it would likely be early next year.

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"Sirino is a very influential player at Sundowns, a very, very top player at Sundowns, so losing him now I don't think it's a good idea, it will be a blow to lose Sirino now," Masilela tells KickOff.com.

"I would love to see Sirino playing for Sundowns in the next coming two years, then we will see from there. But for now I don't think it will be wise for him to leave.

"I'm not sure if he is happy but if he signed a contract it means he's happy. Ya if you sign a contract with a club that means you are happy, you want to stay, you want to honour the badge of Mamelodi Sundowns, and at the same time you need to be loyal.

"It's up to him. But the club needs Sirino now because he is very, very influential to the club. He is already in the coaches' plans you see, they need a kind of player like Sirino. If we lose Sirino now it will take some time to get another player like Sirino.

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"He should stay because he signed for the club, irrespective of Pitso [Mosimane] wanting him or speculations from somewhere else, Al Ahly and all that.

"We don't have anyone to replace Sirino now. Not now at the moment, no one is even close to him at the moment... Mshishi [Themba Zwane] is playing his own style that he loves, on the other side you have Hlompho [Kekana], Sibusiso Vilakazi on the other side, there's Thapelo [Morena]... they all play different style of football."

The 29-year-old recently extended his contract with Sundowns with a further five years.

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