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Sirino: It Will Be A Great Challenge To Join Ahly

Mamelodi Sundowns attacker Gaston Sirino once again set the cat amongst the pigeons after hinting at possibility of making the switch to Egyptian giants Al Ahly, who they face in the CAF Champions League quarterfinal.

The Uruguayan sensation was heavily linked with a move to Ahly at the end of last season, although nothing came of the move despite the player publicly expressing his desire to make the move up north.

The dust settled as Sundowns released a statement ending all talk of a move for the playmaker.

But, the 30-year-old reignited speculation that he could make a move away from Sundowns after his latest comments in which he revealed that playing for the Red Eagles would be a great challenge.

"It is always good for a big team like Al Ahly to take care of me. I am very focused on continuing to appear at a good level and then see what happens,” Sirino told Sky Sports Arabia ahead of Saturday’s match at the Cairo International Stadium.

"Thank you for the love that I have always received. It will be a great challenge if I can someday wear this shirt,” was his message to Ahly’s passionate fans.

Sirino also touched on facing his former coach Pitso Mosimane, the man who had initially brought him to South Africa, revealing that he expects a tough match from the tournament’s defending champions in what he dubbed an early final.

“The match against Al-Ahly is an early final. It will 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 has very good players and a coach who makes them play well too, so it will be a very difficult game, but I am not afraid of any defence, I am only focusing on providing a good match and winning for our team. 

“Pitso is the coach who did good things with us at 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 forward in the African Championship. Mosimane will play a great game against us," the midfielder said.

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