Pitso Mosimane's Abha Club Suffers Defeat to Al Fayha in South African's Second Game as Manager

Pitso Mosimane's Abha Club Suffers Defeat to Al Fayha in South African's Second Game as Manager

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at February 26, 2024 at 7:27 AM
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  • Pitso Mosimane has suffered his first defeat as coach of Abha Club
  • The Saudi minnows lost against 10-man Al-Fayha away from home
  • Mosimane's first match as Abha coach ended in a frustrating draw

Pisto Mosimane's hopes of saving Abha Club from relegation in the Saudi Pro League have suffered a setback.

Abha suffered a painful 3-2 defeat away from home to Al-Fayha, leaving them 17th in the table.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns boss drew his first game with the Saudi minnows when they played Al-Taawoun.

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Pitso Mosimane was hired to save Abha Club from relegation from the Saudi Pro League. Photos by Abha Club.
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Abha Club had a 10-man advantage for most of the match but failed to capitalise on the extra player. They will see this as a missed opportunity.

Al-Fayha’s Hussain Al Shuwaysh was given his marching orders in the fourth minute after a VAR intervention. Grzegorz Krychowiak then gave the visitors the lead after converting a 29th-minute penalty.

Morocco international, Abdelhamid Sabiri, scored a superb free kick for the home team late in the first half.

Despite dominating the possession, Abha could not make it count, with Al-Fahya scoring two more through Fashion Sakala to secure maximum points.

Ahmed Abdu Jaber scored a second for Mosimane's team, but it was too little, too late. Abha Club are now 17th in the SPL standings with 15 points from 21 matches.

Mosimane’s first Abha game ends in draw

Sports Brief previously reported about Pitso Mosimane's first match as Abha boss, where they settled for a draw against Al-Taawoun.

Currently languishing in the Saudi Pro League relegation zone, they have 14 points after 19 matches, facing a daunting goal difference of -30.

Abha's wins have been scarce, with their last victory in the top flight coming on November 4, 2023, in a home game against Al-Akhdoud.

Mosimane to Kaizer Chiefs?

Meanwhile, Sports Brief earlier reported that Kaizer Chiefs could hire Pitso Mosimane at the end of the season when he leaves Saudi Arabia.

The ex-Mamelodi Sundowns coach is currently coaching Abha Club in the Saudi Pro League and has been tasked with avoiding SPL relegation.

Amakhosi have yet to appoint a permanent manager since the departure of Molefi Ntseki, with Cavin Johnson taking over on an interim basis.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.
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