Wednesday Feb 05, 2020. 14:00
Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane has urged the South African Football Association (SAFA) to look into the possibility of naturalising Gaston Sirino.
The Uruguayan attacker joined the Brazilians in January 2018 and while he’d have to play in South Africa for the next few years still to qualify for citizenship, Mosimane is eager for the 28-year-old to run out in Bafana Bafana colours.
Sirino has yet to be capped by Uruguay at international level despite establishing himself as one of the best players in the Premier Soccer League in recent seasons.
“I would love to see him play for South Africa, why not? Because he is probably not going to take Luis Suarez out of the (Uruguayan) national team so he can help us,” Mosimane is quoted as saying by The Citizen.
“We have seen the whole French national team is full of African players because of French colonisation.
He continued: “We should probably also look at the nationalities of children who are born here, maybe we should look at it differently and see what we can get from that.
But those African children who are born in Europe go through proper structures. If we fix the youth structures we will benefit like the other countries that have benefited,” Mosimane concluded.
Sirino has scored 10 and assisted a further six goals in 26 appearances across all competitions for Sundowns this season.