Pitso Mosimane Responds to Journalist’s Criticism of Defensive Tactics, Cites Lack of Star Players

Pitso Mosimane Responds to Journalist’s Criticism of Defensive Tactics, Cites Lack of Star Players

Robert Abong'o
updated at April 8, 2024 at 12:24 PM
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  • Abha Football Club defeated Al Fateh 2-1 in a crucial Saudi Pro League clash
  • Pitso Mosimane's side executed a defensive approach to grab all three points
  • The South African tactician clapped back at a journalist questioning his tactics

Former Mamelodi Sundowns coach, Pitso Mosimane, has fired back at a journalist who questioned his defensive strategy following their recent victory in the Saudi Pro League.

Abha Club rose out of the relegation zone after securing a crucial win against Slaven Bilic's Al Fateh on Sunday, April 7th.

The match's hero was former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, Grzegorz Krychowiak, who scored twice to lift Mosimane's team to 15th place with 25 points.

Abha Club coach, Pitso Mosimane. Photo: Angel Martinez.
Pitso Mosimane hit back at a journalist who questioned his defensive style with Abha. Photo: Angel Martinez.
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The former Al Ahly boss asserted that he lacked players in the calibre of Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane.

The triumph followed a heavy 8-0 loss to Al Nassr, where Ronaldo netted a first-half hat-trick.

Mosimane expressed his satisfaction after the victory but was displeased when questioned about his defensive approach.

“I do not have Sadio Mane or Cristiano Ronaldo. I can only work with the elements I have. I’m trying with all my might to work hard, but I don’t have more players with special qualities,' he said, as reported by iDiski Times.

Under the South African's guidance, Abha has garnered 11 points in eight matches, with seven games remaining to secure their survival in the league.

The defeat by Al-Nassr wasn't the first humiliation for Mosimane, who previously experienced a significant loss as Mamelodi Sundowns' manager. In 2015, Masandwana faced Bloemfontein Celtic at the Lucas 'Masterpieces' Moripe Stadium, seeking to narrow Kaizer Chiefs' lead in the Absa Premiership. However, Celtic dominated, leading 3-0 at halftime and eventually sealing a surprising 5-0 victory, as reported by Goal.

Mosimane savagely trolled after 8-0 loss to Ronaldo's Al Nassr

Sports Brief reported that Mosimane was trolled online after his side were ripped apart by Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr.

Going into the halftime break, the hosts were already 5-0 up, leading many to troll the former Al Ahly boss on social media.

The Portuguese was the chief destroyer, scoring a first-half hat-trick and grabbing an assist.

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