Mngqithi gives Sirino a warning

Premiership

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has warned midfielder Gaston Sirino of the tough job that lies ahead in order for him to break into the starting line-up at Chloorkop.

Sirino is back at training after Sundowns decided against granting his transfer request to join Egyptian side Al Ahly, where former coach Pitso Mosimane is now in charge.

The Uruguayan is yet to play a league match for The Brazilians this season and so far the team has done well without him, occupying top spot on the DStv Premiership log with 21 points after nine games.

Mngqithi has since warned Sirino to fight hard if he hopes to win back his place in the team.

"At a certain point mentally he was all over but now he is back at training and he is showing signs that he needs to fight for his place in the team," Mngqithi said after the 1-0 win over Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

"He can see that the team is moving forward without him and it's very easy at Sundowns to be forgotten. So he is giving his best at training and he is working hard, and we hope to see him soon.

"It's unfortunate for medical reasons he could not play this one but we are hoping that maybe in the next few matches he would have fought his fitness back and is able to fight for his place in the team.

"It's not going to be a walk in the park because the boys that are inside are giving their best. But we know what he is capable of and when he comes back he adds to our depth, which is very important if you are a team like Sundowns."

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