How Pitso Mosimane Can Save Abha From Relegation After Suffering First Defeat

How Pitso Mosimane Can Save Abha From Relegation After Suffering First Defeat

Chukwu Ikechukwu
February 26, 2024 at 12:41 PM
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  • Pitso Mosimane has 13 games to save Abha Club from relegation
  • The South African tactician suffered his first loss as coach of Abha Club
  • Abha Club are presently second from bottom in the 18-team Saudi Pro League

Pitso Mosimane's attempt to save Saudi Pro League side Abha Club from relegation became tougher after his new team suffered a 3-2 defeat away at Al Fayha on Sunday.

It was only the 59-year-old manager’s second game in charge of the struggling Saudi club following their 1-1 draw against Al Taawoun a week prior, a result that dented their survival hopes.

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Pitso Mosimane was appointed as Abha's coach in January 2024 with the task of saving the club from relegation in the Saudi Pro League. Photo credit: Kick Off.
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According to The South African, Mosimane signed a short-term deal with Abha for four months with the sole aim of saving the club from getting relegated from the Saudi Pro League.

The defeat to Al Fayha is a massive setback to the plans of the former Mamelodi Sundowns manager, who now sees his team sitting in the 17th position in the current league standings, three points off safety.

Abha Club have garnered just 15 points from 21 matches played so far in this campaign and are just one point above bottom team Al-Hazm.

How can Mosimane save Abha

According to GOAL, Abha has 13 league games left before the end of the current Saudi Pro League campaign, which could give Mosimane enough time to devise a strategy to save the club from relegation.

Abha’s next game is against fellow relegation contenders Al-Tai, who are immediately above them on the table, with 18 points, and a win for Mosimane will see them tied on points.

Mosimane will also try to ensure Abha grabs maximum points in their remaining home games of the season, as the likes of Al-Nassr, Al-Ittihad, and Al-Fateh will visit the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium before the season concludes.

Pitso Mosimane wins FIFA case

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Pitso Mosimane has won a FIFA dispute against former Saudi Professional League team Al Ahli and is expected to get millions of Rands in compensation.

The former Sundowns coach alleged that the Saudi club had not fulfilled their earlier agreement to pay him an R2.8 million incentive if they were promoted to the SPL that season and an additional R1.4 million if he won the division title.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu
Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..
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