Gaston Sirino was one of the first players at Mamelodi Sundowns to welcome our new arrival, Mauricio Affonso, to the club.
The two immediately clicked because of their background as both are from Uruguay, midfielder Sirino having already been with the Brazilians since January last year and taken the Premier Soccer League by storm.
“We are getting along well already and he hasn’t been here for long,” said Sirino.
“I think he is going to do well and I believe we can form a strong partnership together this coming season for sure.”
Affonso was announced as Sundowns’ first signing earlier this week and joined the team for their pre-season training in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.
The 27-year-old met coach Pitso Mosimane and the rest of his new teammates, with Sirino being his self-appointed chaperone.
“From what I can see, we could form a dynamic partnership. Affonso has good touches, holds the ball off well and we have been linking up well in training. I think he will adapt to the football here,” added Sirino.
The diminutive midfielder himself enjoyed a memorable first full season at Sundowns with a notable return of nine goals and 21 assists throughout all domestic and continental competitions. This performance also helped Masandawana retain their Absa Premiership title, making it a record ninth championship for the club.
“I am excited about this new season. And I think if we are able to get a domestic title we would have done well. It is also important to keep pushing hard in the CAF Champions League, and this is why I am looking forward to travelling with Affonso out of the country for our pre-season,” he said.
Sundowns have secured two friendly matches in Botswana as well as another two encounters in the Democratic Republic of Congo against TP Mazembe and CS Don Bosco this month.
“I have spoken to Affonso about how tough it is to play in the Champions League. I told him the teams are physical and play at a very fast pace. So I am excited to see what we can do together,” concluded Sirino.