Pitso Mosimane: How Former Al Ahly Coach Got Four Month Agreement With Abha Club in Saudi Arabia

Pitso Mosimane: How Former Al Ahly Coach Got Four Month Agreement With Abha Club in Saudi Arabia

Robert Abong'o
March 22, 2024 at 5:35 PM
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  • Moira Tlhagale has explained the rationale behind Pisto Mosimane's contract with Abha Club
  • The former Mamelodi Sundowns head coach signed a four-month deal with the Saudi club
  • Mosimane's agent said the relegation-threatened club wanted to make it an 18-month deal

Moira Tlhagale, the agent representing Pitso Mosimane, has shed light on the decision-making process behind the manager's four-month contract with Abha Club in Saudi Arabia.

Mosimane, renowned for his previous success with Mamelodi Sundowns and Al Ahly, opted for a short-term deal with Abha, aiming to steer them clear of the relegation zone and secure their top-flight status.

Tlhagale elaborated on the former Al Ahli coach's stance regarding managerial autonomy, citing his reluctance to be micromanaged.

Abha Club head coach, Pitso Mosimane. Photo: Angel Martinez.
Pitso Mosimane had a four-month agreement with Abha Club. Photo: Angel Martinez.
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She spoke into the negotiation process, saying the Saudi side initially offered an 18-month contract.

“They wanted to make it an 18-month contract, but we were not happy with the next year’s amount, understanding the market. We then agreed that we would have them for the next 4 months and if there was interest, we agree on the negotiations of the second part. If we don’t agree he moves on," she said, as seen in a video on journalist Lorenz Köhler's X handle.

Tlhagale highlighted Mosimane's attraction to the evolving Saudi league, stressing his desire to compete among top-tier clubs and players. She acknowledged Abha Club's challenges, particularly in player recruitment, but commended their courage in tackling the relegation battle.

Despite initial setbacks, Mosimane secured his first win with Abha Club, defeating Al-Tai 2-0, followed by a defeat against Al-Ettifaq. However, a crucial 1-0 victory over Al-Wehda marked a turning point, breaking a three-game losing streak and narrowing the gap to non-relegation spots, as reported by iDiski Times.

With the club currently 17th in the Saudi Pro League table, Tlhagale remains optimistic about their prospects, noting the team's tactical evolution under Mosimane's guidance. Their upcoming fixture against Al Riyadh on March 30 presents another opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone.

Mosimane explains why Abha Club

Sports Brief reported that Mosimane spoke about why he returned to Saudi Arabia.

When he took over, have lost four of their last five matches, and their last win came in November 2023.

He admitted that saving them from relegation would be an uphill task.

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