Pitso Mosimane's First Match With Saudi 2nd Division Side Al Ahli Ends in a Draw

Pitso Mosimane's First Match With Saudi 2nd Division Side Al Ahli Ends in a Draw

  • Life under Pitso Mosimane for Saudi Arabian second division club Al-Ahli began with a draw
  • The team picked up a point on their travels to Jeddah SC in the Jeddah city derby
  • The South African joined the side towards the end of September after having left their Egyptian namesake in June

Pitso Mosimane's tenure with Saudi Arabian second division team Al-Ahli could have begun worse. The team drew 1-1 away to arch-rivals Jeddah SC in the Jeddah Derby.

Taking place at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium on Wednesday night, the encounter saw Haitham Asari open the scoring for the visitors in the 26th minute.

Al Baraa Baazeem equalised for Jeddah in the 58th minute to ensure that both teams shared the spoils.

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Al-Ahli got a point against Jeddah SC in Pitso Mosimane's first match in charge. Image source: @ALAHLI_FCEN.
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According to SowetanLIVE, Al-Ahli is now in seventh place on the Yelo League table with nine points, with Jeddah on the same amount of points but two places below.

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Mosimane's charges will now seek the whole loot of points against struggling Najran SC, currently in 17th spot, next week at home.

In June, Sport24 reported that the legendary South African mentor abruptly departed Egyptian superclub Al Ahly despite a successful stint in Cairo.

It is believed that constant criticism from a section of the club's legends as well as associated media made his stay increasingly untenable, which saw Mosimane call it a day in Egypt.

In August, the three-time CAF Champions League winner also received his CAF Pro Licence, which allows him to coach at any level worldwide, as per SABC Sport.

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Kaizer Chiefs defeated Swallows FC 2-1 in the other Soweto Derby at the Dobsonville Stadium on Wednesday night.

The lanky Caleb Bimenyimana used his height to maximum effect to open the scoring with a header in the 35th minute.

Keagan Dolly then doubled the lead for Amakhosi in the 46th minute of the first half, after Swallows goalkeeper Sanele Tshabalala failed to make what should have been a routine save.

The Birds then pulled one goal back in the 68th minute to set up a tense last 20 minutes of the encounter.

Source: Sports Brief News