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: Joining Al-Ahli Saudi FC is a worthwhile ‘risk’

Pitso Mosimane has said it was important to take himself out of his comfort zone after agreeing to join 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

On Sunday it was formally announced that Pitso Mosimane would be joining 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).

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

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”.

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.”

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

High profile Al Ahly move

Mosimane enjoyed a famed coaching career with Mamelodi Sundowns, and was involved as national caretaker coach for seven games in 2007.

He then went on to join Al Ahly in a high-profile move, and won several titles in Egypt before prematurely opting out of his new contract.

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The popular coach in fact oversaw 105 fixtures at Al Ahly, winning 68 matches, drawing 27 and only suffering 10 defeats, and he had made it clear that he would only take up a new job if he deemed it to be the correct ‘project’.

That ‘project will now come in the form of working with Al Ahli Jeddah, who were shockingly relegated from the Saudi Pro League for the first time in the club’s history after finishing 15th with just 32 points.

The club has also endured a challenging start to the Yelo League campaign this season as they lie seventh in the standings, having accumulated just eight points after five games.

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