Tuesday, 02 June 2020 13:42

 

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Mamelodi Sundowns have confirmed long-term deals for key players Thapelo Morena and Gaston Sirino, who have signed new contracts to keep them at the club until 2025.

The duo have emerged as important players for coach Pitso Mosimane in the last few seasons, and he will be delighted to have tied the players down for the next five years.

The 29-year old Uruguayan Sirino believes the best is still to come for him in a Sundowns shirt.

“I am happy to extended my contract at the club, me and my family are happy and settled here in Mzansi so that gives me comfort to push hard on the pitch,” he told the club’s website.

“I believe my best years are ahead of me, and am confident we will add trophies with this group of players.”

The 26-year-old Morena, who is working his way back from a fractured ankle, is equally pleased to sign his new deal.

“Masandawana, I am happy and excited to let you know that I have extended my contract with Mamelodi Sundowns, we still have a long way to go and many more trophies to win! Ka Bo Yellow!” he said.

Sundowns are currently four points behind Absa Premiership leaders Kaizer Chiefs, but have a game in hand with nine matches remaining in their season.

Meanwhile Andile Jali made a difficult transition back to the Absa Premiership after four-and-a-half years in Belgium with Oostende, but this season has been back to his absolute best and in sparkling form.

The 30-year-old admits that it was a challenge to find his form again, but said the environment at Sundowns has allowed him to flourish.

“Having come back home from Europe, I always knew it was not going to be easy, but Sundowns made the transition easier because I could feel that I did not come back to just any team but it felt like family, and I had all my brothers around me to assist me settle in,” Jali told his club’s website.

“However, with all the talent we have in the squad, making it in the starting line-up was not going to be a walk in the park, but my mind was set out for the task.”

Jali’s performances earned him a recall to the Bafana Bafana squad for March’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sao Tome e Principe that were eventually called off, and he is looking forward to resuming an international career that has already see him garner 47 caps.