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Pitso Mosimane: Stellenbosch Reject Offer for Iqraam Rayners From Saudi Club Abha FC
- Stellenbosch Football Club have rejected an offer for Iqraam Rayners
- ABHA FC reportedly desired the 28-year-old striker in the Saudi League
- The Saudi Club recently appointed Pitso Mosimane as the new head coach
Stellenbosch Football Club have stood resolute in the face of a tempting offer for star striker Iqraam Rayners from Pitso Mosimane's Abha FC in Saudi Arabia.
Rayners, a pivotal figure since his return to Stellenbosch in January 2023, has been a beacon of success for the Cape Winelands team.
The 28-year-old wasted no time making an impact, scoring an impressive 21 goals and providing four assists in 34 appearances.
His contributions have surpassed the 50-goal milestone for Stellenbosch and marked over 100 appearances for the club.
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The former SuperSport United forward's prowess was particularly evident in the Carling Knockout Cup, where he secured four Man of the Match awards, aiding his team in securing their maiden trophy since ascending to the topflight.
As reported by Idiski Times, it's alleged that Abha FC submitted a bid for Rayners just after the closure of the Premier Soccer League transfer window. However, Stellenbosch stood firm in their decision to rebuff the offer, citing the challenge of finding a suitable replacement with the domestic transfer window already shut.
Abha FC managed by Pitso Mosimane
Former Al Ahly manager Pitso Mosimane manages Abha.
Mosimane, currently on a short-term contract, faces a daunting task as his team languishes in 17th place, five points adrift of safety in the Saudi Pro League. With 15 matches remaining, Mosimane seeks to engineer a turnaround for the struggling side.
Notably, his name has been circulating in coaching circles, with speculation linking him to managerial positions at Kaizer Chiefs and the Nigerian national team before the commencement of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
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Now, he emerges as a potential candidate to replace Rui Vitoria, recently ousted as head coach of the Egyptian national team by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) due to disappointing results in the ongoing AFCON tournament in Ivory Coast, as reported by SNL24.
Mosimane's track record, highlighted by triumphant stints at Mamelodi Sundowns and the Red Devils, where he clinched an impressive tally of 17 trophies, including three CAF Champions League titles, underlines his credentials for top managerial positions both domestically and internationally.
Darrel Matsheke joins Stellenbosch on a free transfer
Matsheke had spent the previous season on loan at Moroka Swallows and the other season on loan at Uthongathi FC.
Five players left Stellenbosch at the end of last season.