Al-Ahli boss Pitso Mosimane

Pitso Mosimane will tackle the next challenge in his fabled career with Al-Ahli Saudi FC. Image: kingfut.com

Pitso: Why I can’t recruit any SA players to Al-Ahli Saudi FC

Pitso Mosimane has revealed why it would be virtually impossible to bring any South African players with him to Al-Ahli Saudi FC.

Al-Ahli boss Pitso Mosimane

Pitso Mosimane will tackle the next challenge in his fabled career with Al-Ahli Saudi FC. Image: kingfut.com

Pitso Mosimane has jetted off to joion Al-Ahli Saudi FC on a two-year deal, which is his first full-time coaching gig since leaving Egyptian powerhouse Al Ahly.

Al-Ahli Saudi FC have played five matches to date in the 202/23 season and find themselves in seventh place after two wins, two draws and a defeat They will travel to face eighth-ranked Jeddah on Wednesday, 5 October. Kick-off is at 19:15 (SA time).

Prior to their departure, Mosimane and his technical team addressed the media in Sandton, Johannesburg.

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The popular coach admitted that taking this offer with a second-division team was a bit of a risk, but that he was excited to continue trying to “break barriers” and get out of his “comfort zone”.

He also made some startling statements about the difficulties of signing South African players due to the market value the clubs price on certain players, which sometimes surpassed R30 million.

“If there is an opportunity in the next window… and maybe in the future… we can always look around and see what we can bring. It’s always good to bring South African players into those spaces but it’s very difficult to bring South African players to the Middle East. It’s not an easy thing. They need to adapt, their social life will be different

“The South African market is not an easy one. The teams expect a lot of money. That’s the challenge. The transfers are big here, people expect R30 million, R40 million and players don’t move. Clubs (in South Africa) ask for money they deserve and you can’t argue with that.”

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Mosimane also revealed that he would be willing to one day take up a job in South Africa, but only if the “project” was one with ambition and vision.

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Mosimane and his technical staff of Kabelo ‘KB’ Rangoagac, Musi Matlaba and Kyle Solomon are now set to switch continents to Asia and the Gulf.

“Coach Pitso and his technical team of Kabelo Rangoaga (fitness trainer), Musi Matlaba and Kyle Solomon (performance analysts) are ready for the challenge,” Mosimane’s agency MT Sports confirmed in its statement. “The decorated South African technical team will be heading to Saudi Arabia from September 2022 to join Al-Ahli in Jeddah.”

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After fending off numerous other offers that were presented to him, Mosimane’s agency MT Sports has provided a lengthy statement explaining why this was seen as the best project, describing him as a ‘turnaround strategist’

“Coach Pitso Mosimane has navigated his career in a manner that not only changes the trajectory of a club over time but changes the game in a manner that positively affects the club and players,” MT Sports said on Sunday.

“The history and legacy of the clubs and teams that coach Pitso and his technical team have been able to work with over many years, speaks volumes to how they approach each chapter of their coaching journey…

“With coach Pitso Mosimane’s experience and track record of being the football coach turnaround strategist, the Caf Pro Licence graduate and one of the most successful coaches in Africa, he is more than suitable for this role. The opportunity to lead such a prestigious club in Saudi Arabia presents itself as the perfect project to yield a win-win result for both parties.”

You can read the full statement about Pitso Mosimane’s appointment from MT Sports below:

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