Sirino’s sticky situation

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Royal AM defender Ricardo Nascimento said he understands why Gaston Sirino (pictured) wants to leave Sundowns. Photo byBackpagePix
Royal AM defender Ricardo Nascimento said he understands why Gaston Sirino (pictured) wants to leave Sundowns. Photo byBackpagePix

FORMER Mamelodi Sundowns defender Ricardo Nascimento says Gaston Sirino is in a “sticky situation” with the Tshwane giants who resisted selling him to Egyptian giants Al Ahly.

Sirino has been linked for over a year to a move to Ahly and be reunited with former coach Pitso Mosimane.

Mosimane said in December 2020 that Ahly were interested in Sirino before he took over the reins of the club in October of the same year, following his resignation at Sundowns.

It was Mosimane who signed Sirino from Bolivian side Bolivar in the second half of the 2017-18 season. Under Mosimane, Sirino won three league titles, the Nedbank Cup and the Telkom Knockout cup.

Ever since his move was turned down by Downs, Sirino has not been the same in terms of his influence in matches as still wants to leave. “Football is a very short career,” said Nascimento.

“I understand why Gaston wants to leave and I also understand why Sundowns don’t want to let him go because Gaston is a big player. So they want to keep the best player.

“But it is a very difficult situation he finds himself in.”

Nascimento, who joined Downs in the 2016-17 season, has called Mosimane his father, saying he is the king in Africa and every player would want to work under him.

Currently, Ahly are in the Caf Champions League semi-final and could win the trophy for the third time on the trot under Mosimane.

“I love him so much because he helped me,” said Nascimento, who left Sundowns in January after winning four league titles, the Telkom Knockout, MTN8, Nedbank Cup, Caf Champions League and Caf Super Cup.

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