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Manqoba – Sirino Would Be Allowed To Leave

Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Manqoba Mngqithi has revealed that Gaston Sirino would be allowed to leave the club if the right offer arrives.

The Masandawana coach has insisted that the player returned fully focussed on his current job, but suffered from a slight knock.

Sirino publicly flirted with a move to Al Ahly last season, which even upset Maqoba at the time, and the coach has explained that the club would not hold him back, if he still wants to leave but they haven’t received a proper offer so far.

“To be honest when he came back from Uruguay, he looked very interested, he looked committed to playing within the club, he looked serious about his training and all that,” Mngqithi said at a press conference.

“He looked very committed. Unfortunately he had a knock and was out. He’s back in training but we need to assess him.

“But unfortunately he got a knock in his knee, which was a big one. He’s back in training this week, but we’ve not really seen him, how is he going to come up.

“It does not look like he wants to leave. The club is very clear in that space also, if he has to leave and people are still interested, they must just bring an offer to the table and the club is very considerate of whatever that might happen.

“The club does not want to kill Gaston’s career, that is very important from the chairman of the club to the board and everybody else around the club, even to us as technical team.

“If he no longer wants to play for the team and people are coming with good offers on the table, the club is willing to take it. But what is not looking good sometimes there is too much talk of what is going to happen but nothing really happens on the table. So at this stage, it’s a wait and see situation.

“In terms of commitment, he looks good and I don’t have any issues. The coaches are very happy with him”

Manqoba was talking ahead of Sundowns MTN8 quarter-final clash with Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday.

Story by David Kappel (@kappilinho).