Pitso Mosimane: Abha Club Coach Defends His Al Ahli Legacy, Brushes Off Salary Dispute

Pitso Mosimane: Abha Club Coach Defends His Al Ahli Legacy, Brushes Off Salary Dispute

Robert Abong'o
May 21, 2024 at 5:50 PM
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  • Pitso Mosimane has prioritized his legacy over monetary considerations in his career
  • The Abha coach reflected on his time at Al Ahli, where salary payment issues arose
  • Mosimane takes pride in his contributions to the club's return to the Saudi Pro League

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Abha Club coach, Pitso Mosimane, has chosen to focus on his historic contributions rather than monetary disputes with his former club, Al Ahli.

A Saudi Pro League encounter with his former club on Saturday, May 18, at the King Abdullah Sports City resulted in a tough 5-1 trashing.

The loss pushed Abha to 17th place, two points adrift of the relegation zone, with two crucial games remaining

Abha head coach, Pitso Mosimane, has downplayed his salary issues at Al Ahli. Photo: AbhaFC.
Pitso Mosimane is determined to steer Abha Club away from the Saudi Pro League relegation zone. Photo: AbhaFC.
Source: Twitter

Reflecting on his time at Al Ahli, Mosimane expressed pride in his contributions. He and his team had taken the club to FIFA over unpaid salaries, a case that went in their favour. Despite this, the South African tactician downplayed the financial aspect, stressing legacy over money.

"I have nothing against Al Ahli, and good luck to them. I want to see them win the title. Listen, my friend, maybe to you, money is more important than history. For me, it’s important the legacy and history, that you cannot remove," he said, as quoted by iDiski Times.

When questioned about whether he would work for free, Mosimane acknowledged partial payment from Al Ahli.

Looking ahead, the 57-year-old is set to lead Abha in a vital match against 11th-placed Al-Khaleej on Thursday, May 23, as they fight to retain their spot in the Saudi top flight. He is focused on securing a win while hoping for a favourable outcome from Cristiano Ronaldo's Al Nassr, who play versus Al-Riyadh.

If Al Nassr beats Al-Khaleej, a victory for Al Nassr would enhance Abha’s chances of leaping over Al-Riyadh. Both matches will kick off simultaneously, adding intensity to the relegation battle, per The South African.

Lawsuit filed against Mosimane by domestic staff

Sports Brief reported that Mosimane was sued for millions by his former domestic worker following a severe injury sustained while on duty.

Dorothy Sikirivao filed a lawsuit in the Johannesburg High Court, demanding redress.

The coach and his wife, Moira Tlhagale, initially paid her medical bills but stopped without providing a reason.

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