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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane banks on Gaston Sirino to fill the void left by Khama Billiat and Percy Tau

7:56 PM MYT 29/07/2018
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, July 2018
The Masandawana coach has lauded the impact of Sirino following his recent Caf Champions League exploits

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has high expectations for playmaker Gaston Sirino following their Caf Champions League victory on Friday.

The Brazilians may be without their star attacking duo of Khama Billiat and Percy Tau, who have since moved on to Kaizer Chiefs and Brighton & Hove Albion respectively, but this hasn’t stopped their other players from lifting up their hands.

One player in particular that has caught the attention of fans across the South African football fraternity is Masandawana’s Uruguayan talisman.  

Sirino was a marvel to watch against Togo-Port as he registered a goal and assist for his troubles. This has led to the Sundowns coach putting his trust in Sirino to fill the void left in the attacking department.    

“He has to carry the team on his tiny shoulders because Percy (Tau) and Khama (Billiat) are gone," Mosimane said of the diminutive player, according to City Press.

"I have been waiting for this performance. It's his kind of game and he turned it on from the first minute,” he added.

“He is growing in confidence and he is slowly adjusting to the way we play. We have been waiting for someone to carry the team and he is raising his hand,” he continued.

"He is going to be our star who will run the show for us this season. I hope he carries the team; he is capable of doing that and he can win the Champions League for us," Mosimane concluded.

Sundowns’ victory over Togo-Port has seemingly brought them back in contention for a place in the knockout phase of the Champions League.

However, the 54-year-old’s attention will almost immediately need to flip back onto preparations for the new season as Sundowns take on Kaizer Chiefs in their 2018/19 league season opener next weekend.

Mosimane will hope that Sirino will continue from where he left off in Tshwane and steer his side to victory.