- Gaston Sirino is set to remain at Mamelodi Sundowns for now as Al Ahly could not come up with an offer before the transfer deadline
- Sirino has expressed his desire to leave the club, hinting at playing for his former coach Pitso Mosimane
- Al Ahly have recently won a record 9th CAF Champions League title, making them an attractive club to play for
The spotlight has been on Mamelodi Sundowns attacking midfielder Gaston Sirino after he expressed his desire to leave the club. Sirino previously revealed that he would like to play under his former coach Pitso Mosimane at Al Ahly.
Sundowns and the Egyptian club could not come to an agreement when coming to a deal for Sirino, before the transfer deadline. This means that the midfielder will be staying at the club this season.
Al Ahly has recently won a record 9th CAF Champions League title under Mosimane last week. Their last bid to Sundowns for Sirino was rejected.
A senior official of Mamelodi Sundowns, Yogesh Singh told TimesLIVE on Tuesday that the offer they made was rejected.
“For us the negotiations are closed and Sirino remains our player. Unless they come back to the table with a better and fairer offer that shows respect for Sundowns‚ nothing is going to happen," said Singh.
However, a plot twist is the Al Ahly and Mosimane can still sign Sirino if they are interested, as the Egyptian transfer window only closes on Sunday.
If the club opts to sign the midfielder this week, he would miss the early stages of the CAF Champions League but could be registered as an Al Ahly player by January.
In other soccer news, Briefly.co.za reported that Mamelodi Sundowns are set to retire Anele Ngcongca's jersey out of respect. Sundowns are set to retire the late defender Anele Ngcongca's number 16 jersey. Ngcongca played for Masandawana for four years and made 42 appearances, scoring one goal.
He died in a car accident in late November. The defender had agreed to join AmaZulu on loan before the time of his passing. He was yet to make an appearance for the Durban club.
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