Saudi League: Pitso Mosimane’s Abha Move Out of Relegation Zone After Draw With Damac

Saudi League: Pitso Mosimane’s Abha Move Out of Relegation Zone After Draw With Damac

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
May 10, 2024 at 5:56 PM
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  • Abha Club are out of the relegation zone in the Saudi Pro League
  • Pitso Mosimane's side moved to 15th on the league standings
  • Their ascension was occasioned by a goalless draw with Damac

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Pitso Mosimane's Abha Club made a significant stride in the Saudi Pro League, climbing out of the relegation zone after a draw with Damac on Friday, May 10.

Following a resilient display on matchday 30, which culminated in Abha ending their two-game losing streak and securing a memorable 3-1 victory against Al-Ittihad, Abha aimed to replicate their success against Damac.

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Pitso Mosimane's Abha Club boosted their survival chances with a goalless draw with Damac on Friday, May 10. Photo credit: @Abhafc_english.
Source: Twitter

Despite conceding possession to the visitors, Abha appeared more threatening on the attack and had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 16th minute.

Their top scorer, former PSG midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, was awarded a penalty but failed to convert from the spot, per SNL24.

The missed chance kept the match evenly balanced as both teams struggled to create clear-cut opportunities in the first half.

Abha showed improvement after halftime, enjoying more possession, but failed to register a shot on target despite four attempts.

Meanwhile, Damac had their own chances but were denied by Abha's veteran Romanian goalkeeper, Ciprian Tatarusanu.

Despite Tatarusanu's heroics, neither team could break the deadlock, and the match ended in a goalless draw.

The result saw Mosimane's side temporarily escape the relegation zone with three games remaining in the season.

What's next for Pitso Mosimane's Abha Club?

Mosimane might see his team's failure to capitalise on home turf against Damac as a squandered chance. Yet, the road ahead presents its own challenges.

Upcoming matches, commencing with Al Ahli, a team Jingles guided to the Saudi top flight last season, followed by a must-win clash with Al Khaleej at the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium, will demand their best efforts.

The season concludes with an away game against relegation-threatened Al Hazem, making it imperative for his squad to secure crucial points.

Abha Club captain backs Mosimane

Sports Brief also reported that amidst Abha Club's battle to avoid relegation in the Saudi League, captain Saad Bguir has voiced his staunch backing for head coach Pitso Mosimane, commending his leadership and influence on the squad.

Bguir credits the South African coach with stabilising the team and instilling a sense of belief among the players during the club's testing period.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.
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