Pitso Mosimane Speaks After Abha Club’s Relegation From Saudi Pro League

Pitso Mosimane Speaks After Abha Club’s Relegation From Saudi Pro League

Edwin Kiplagat
May 29, 2024 at 8:16 AM
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  • Pitso Mosimane's Abha Club were relegated from the Saudi Pro League on Monday
  • The South African coach led them in 15 matches but couldn't secure their safety
  • The former Mamelodi Sundowns coach has released a statement after relegation

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Abha Club suffered a heartbreaking relegation from the Saudi Pro League after losing to Al-Hazem on Monday evening.

A win would've saved the club from relegation, but it wasn't to be for Mosimane and his players.

In his post-match presser, he hinted that he is not keen on staying at the club since his contract had officially ended.

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Pitso Mosimane won five matches as Abha Club coach. Photo by Abha Club.
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Abha Club were expected to maintain their top flight status since they were facing already relegated Al-Hazem. The South African coach had helped them secure vital wins in the last few weeks, but all that was undone on the final day.

Mosimane's agency release statement

Abha took the lead early in the second half but conceded twice to lose the game. Mosimane's agency, MT Sports Marketing and Management, put out a statement.

“It is incredibly disappointing to come so close and fall short. I am proud of how the players responded to the challenge and fought until the end. Their commitment and heart have been extraordinary, and although we did not achieve our ultimate goal, we can hold our heads high for the effort and progress made,” the statement read.

He thanked the club and their fans for the opportunity to lead them.

“Thank you to the Abha Club board, management, and fans; they have been pillars of strength throughout this challenging season. The learnings from this experience will certainly make us better coaches and players.”

The former Mamelodi Sundowns coach led Abha in 15 matches, winning five, drawing three and losing seven, per Transfermarkt.

Sports Brief previously reported that Mosimane responded to rumours linking him with Kaizer Chiefs.

The 59-year-old said his options are open and will not use emotions to make his next move.

Amakhosi will be looking for a new coach in the next few months, and Mosimane could be one of the names they consider.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.
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