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Sundowns refuse Al-Ahly's offer for Sirino

South Africans Mamelodi Sundowns turned down an offer from the African champions to sign their attacking midfielder Gaston Sirino.

Sundowns refuse Al-Ahly's offer for Sirino
Omar Zoheiry GTRES

Officials at the South African club Mamelodi Sundowns have confirmed that the Egyptian giants Al-Ahly made an offer for the star midfielder Gaston Sirino which they deemed inadequate and rejected before the Premier Soccer League (PSL) transfer window closed on Monday at midnight.

Al-Ahly must come up with a "fairer offer that shows respect for Sundowns" - Singh

Al-Ahly, who claimed a record ninth CAF Champions League title last Friday when they defeated their historic city rivals Zamalek in the final, have been admirers of the 29-year-old Uruguayan, but Sundowns management decided not to let go of their star until Al-Ahly return with a better offer.

They made an offer which we rejected,” Sundowns senior official Yogesh Singh told TimesLIVE on Tuesday

“For us, the negotiations are closed and Sirino remains our player. Unless they come back to the table with a better and fairer offer that shows respect for Sundowns‚ nothing is going to happen. For us‚ this matter is closed and he remains our player until they come back to us with a better offer," he continued.

Al-Ahly coached by former Mamelodi Sundowns boss Mosimane

Al-Ahly are led by Sirino and Sundown's former coach Pitso Mosimane, who won his first continental title with the Red Devils a few days ago.

Mosimane was Sundown's coach from 2012, winning the CAF Champions League title in 2016 before he moved to Egypt earlier this year to write history in his first year at the helm with Al-Ahly.