Mamelodi Sundowns are set to give Manqoba Mngqithi after Rulani Mokwena exit. Image: IOL

Mamelodi Sundowns are set to give Manqoba Mngqithi after Rulani Mokwena exit. Image: IOL

Rulani Mokwena: Star doesn’t want to be at Mamelodi Sundowns!

Mamelodi Sundowns has questioned the commitment of one of the top profile players at the club as his future continues to be in doubt.

Mamelodi Sundowns are set to give Manqoba Mngqithi after Rulani Mokwena exit. Image: IOL

Mamelodi Sundowns are set to give Manqoba Mngqithi after Rulani Mokwena exit. Image: IOL

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena has opened up on midfielder Gaston Sirino’s situation at the club ahead of next season. 

Sirino has been the subject of a lack of game time at Sundowns for the past three seasons, saddening fans. 

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Sirino signed for Sundowns over five-years ago, and it did not take long for him to show his worth. The Uruguayan quickly became a key creative component of the side, under Pitso Mosimane. The picture then began to change when the decorated coach left the Brazilians and joined Egyptian giants Al Ahly. Under both Manqoba Mngqithi and Rulani Mokwena, he has found himself largely on the peripheries of the match day squad.

Sirino has been a mere squad player

At some point in the season, it seemed as if Sirino had won his place back in the Sundowns side. He scored a key last-minute equaliser against TS Galaxy, to take the side into Carling Knockout Cup penalties. After a few opportunities, the playmaker was back on the sidelines, especially after the signings of Thembinkosi Lorch and Tashreeq Matthews

Now speaking to SNAWA, Sundowns coach Mokwena has opened up about why Sirino has since seen a lack of game time. 

“It is difficult to get the best out of someone who doesn’t want to be there, when someone expresses, for example, he wears Al Ahly jersey when you play Al Ahly – he did it twice – home and away. For this club, I love Sundowns, and I make a lot of sacrifices I demand a lot from myself for this club, I then place the same responsibility on the shoulders of these players.” Said Mokwena. 

Commitment to Sundowns questioned

When asked about the possibility of Sirino being sold by Sundowns, Mokwena remained coy.

“Well, I don’t run the club that way, I don’t have the autonomy, and the power to make those types of decisions,”. Said Mokwena.

Sirino signed a five-year deal with Sundowns in 2020, meaning he has one more season left on his deal.