Sirino: It would a great challenge to play for Al Ahly

Sirino: It would a great challenge to play for Al Ahly
Gaston Sirino of Mamelodi Sundowns

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday May 12, 2021. 15:00

Mamelodi Sundowns forward Gaston Sirino has expressed that it would be a “great challenge” to play for Al Ahly in the future – mere days ahead of the teams’ CAF Champions League quarterfinal, first-leg clash.

Sirino has been strongly linked with a move to Ahly in recent times, most especially at the start of the current 2020-21 season when it appeared as if he would follow Sundowns’ former coach Pitso Mosimane to Cairo.

The move never came to fruition, but the Uruguayan remains keen on representing the Red Devils at some point in his career.

“It’s always good that a big team like Al Ahly to be interested in me. I’m very focused on keep playing well to appear and then we’ll see what happens,” Sirino told Sky News Arabia.

“I want to thank the Al Ahly fans for their love. It would be a great challenge if I could someday wear this shirt.

“The match against Al Ahly is an early final. It’ll be a great match because we are two very good teams, and it will be an important match as well, so we have to enjoy it.

“Al Ahly have very good players and a coach that makes them play well too, so it will be a very difficult game. I’m not afraid of any defence, I’m only focusing on performing well and winning for our team.

“Pitso is the coach that achieved great things [for] Sundowns, and he deserves to be where he is now. He knows us well but we are ready for him and we have a strong team to go ahead in the Champions League. Mosimane will play a great game against us,” he added.

The Champions League quarterfinal, first-leg clash between Ahly and ‘Downs will be played in Cairo on the evening of Saturday 15 May, with the return scheduled for a week later in Tshwane.

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