Mamelodi Sundowns' Manqoba Mngqithi Won't Comment on Sirino’s Al Ahly Links

Mamelodi Sundowns' Manqoba Mngqithi Won't Comment on Sirino’s Al Ahly Links

- The Mamelodi Sundowns boss Manqoba Mngqithi says they don’t want to reprimand midfielder Gaston Sirino, who is wanted by Ahly, just yet

- The Sundowns attacker, Sirino, recently posed with an Ahly shirt in the midst of interest from the Egyptian giants and Mngqithi says that was wrong

- Mngqithi, however, prefers to focus on the Sundowns match against Egypt’s Ahly this coming Saturday

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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi has refused to comment about midfielder Gaston Sirino’s continued flirtatious behaviour with Al Ahly.

Ahly’s interest in one of Masandawana’s influential players is well documented but the Uruguayan’s decision to pose in the Red Devil’s shirt after last week’s match is being seen as inappropriate.

However, the Brazilians' manager has decided to ignore that but focus on the upcoming CAF Champions League match against Pitso Mosimane’s side on Saturday.

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Sundowns are looking to reverse the 2-0 defeat they suffered in Cairo last week and Mngqithi said winning the match is what occupies his mind.

Manqoba Mngqithi has refused to talk about midfielder Gaston Sirino as they focus on Al Ahly. Image: @Masandawana/Twitter
Manqoba Mngqithi has refused to talk about midfielder Gaston Sirino as they focus on Al Ahly. Image: @Masandawana/Twitter
Source: Twitter

He said as per TimesLIVE:

“I would prefer not to comment on that one. I think it’s outside the perimeters of what I would have appreciated to talk about. But you are right‚ I don’t think it was appropriate for him to do that‚ but it is something that I don’t want to dwell much on at this stage.
“I want to focus more on this match‚ on winning the match on Saturday and not the negatives. I can say something negative about the player now and on Saturday the same player helps win the match‚ what would will you say after that?”

The 2016 CAF Champions League winner is confident they have the ability to reach the semi-finals and added comment on the importance of minimising errors.

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Mngqithi Added to the club’s website:

“We have a bigger responsibility to make sure that at the end of the day, we achieve the outcome that we want.
“I am very confident and optimistic that if we apply ourselves very well and stay focused, improve on the kind of mistakes that we made. When we don’t make those kinds of mistakes we win matches.
“We are confident in the group that we have, if there is anyone that has the capacity to come back in this match, it’s Sundowns.”

At the same time, Sirino was quoted by Sky Sports Arabia as saying that he was honoured to be linked with a big club such as the reigning African champions.

Mamelodi Sundowns are hoping to avenge their 2-0 defeat to Al Ahly. Image: @Masandawana/Twitter
Mamelodi Sundowns are hoping to avenge their 2-0 defeat to Al Ahly. Image: @Masandawana/Twitter
Source: Twitter

He said:

“It’s always good that a big team like Al Ahly [are] interested in me. I’m very focused playing well‚ and then we’ll see what happens.”

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Briefly News reported that the former AmaZulu coach has fired a warning to his Ahly counterpart Pitso, suggesting they will expose their defence.

The veteran Masandawana manager argued that the biggest issue is how to approach the clash against the Red Devils in Tshwane this coming weekend.

Sundowns are under pressure to reverse their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Ahly, whom they are set to meet in the CAF Champions League second leg quarter-final clash at home.

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