Pitso Mosimane

Pitso Mosimane trains Abha Club in Saudi Arabia. Image: @abhafcenglish/X.

Big score: Ronaldo destroys Pitso Mosimane’s team

Pitso Mosimane has suffered the worst defeat of his coaching career at Abha Club. Cristiano Ronaldo was at the heart of it all.

Pitso Mosimane

Pitso Mosimane trains Abha Club in Saudi Arabia. Image: @abhafcenglish/X.

Pitso Mosimane had the worst night of his career on Tuesday night in Saudi Arabia. Cristiano Ronaldo scored thrice against his Abha Club.


The battle to survive relegation in the Saudi Pro League is not looking good for Abha. Tuesday night’s result meant Pitso Mosimane’s side have only managed two wins in five games.

Playing at home at the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Sports City stadium in Abha against the high-flying Nassr, Ronaldo banged in a first-half hattrick. Senegal superstar and Liverpool legend Sadio Mane also contributed with a goal as Pitso Mosimane’s side lost 8-0.

Meanwhile, Abha have eight more matches to continue the fight for survival. Pitso Mosimane’s side are currently placed in 17th place, which is just two points from safety (15th place).

The next game for Abha will be on Sunday at home to the midtable Al Fateh, followed by a trip to the struggling Al Shabab on 18 April.

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In other news, the University of Johannesburg has honoured Pitso Mosimane with a doctorate degree for his exemplary success in football.

The Kagiso-born coach is the greatest in Premier Soccer League history and the best in Africa. Pitso Mosimane is the only coach with five DStv Premiership trophies. The greats such as Ted DumitruGordon Igesund and Gavin Hunt all have four each. Additionally, the 59-year-old Pitso Mosimane is the only coach in African history to win three CAF Champions League titles. He holds a total of 20 trophies in 23 years as a coach.

The University of Johannesburg has given credit where it is due. The institution has recognised Pitso Mosimane with an Honorary Doctorate for his career. The former Bafana Bafana coach is expected to arrive in South Africa on 25th July for the official event.

 “I’m grateful to the University of Johannesburg for choosing to recognise and celebrate my career in such a way. I have, and always will be, a student of our beautiful game,” the former Mamelodi Sundowns coach said.

“I’ve won many trophies and awards during my career, but I never thought an accolade such as an Honorary Doctorate was within my reach as a football coach. I am thankful to the leadership at the University of Johannesburg for this recognition.”

Pitso Mosimane concluded to say: “This achievement would not be possible without the people who have contributed to my journey, including players, coaches, football administrators, media, my supporters, and the support from the general public in South Africa, the African continent, and the Gulf region.”


Egyptian Premier League

  • 2019/20 –  Al Ahly

Egyptian Cup Winner

  • 2019/20 – Al Ahly

Saudi Arabian second-tier champion

  • 2022/23 – Al-Ahli Saudi

DStv Premiership 

  • 2019/20 – Mamelodi Sundowns 
  • 2018/19 – Mamelodi Sundowns
  • 2017/18 – Mamelodi Sundowns 
  • 2015/16 – Mamelodi Sundowns
  • 2013/14 – Mamelodi Sundowns 

Telkom Knockout

  • 2019/20 – Mamelodi Sundowns
  • 2015/16 – Mamelodi Sundowns 
  • 2004 (Coca Cola Cup) – SuperSport United


  • 2004 – SuperSport.


  • 2019/20 – Mamelodi Sundowns
  • 2014/15 – Mamelodi Sundowns


  • 20/21- Al Ahly
  • 2018/19- Al Ahly
  • 2015/16 – Mamelodi Sundowns

CAF Super Cup Winner

  • 2021/22 – Al Ahly 
  • 2020/21 – Al Ahly
  • 2016/17 – Mamelodi Sundowns FC.

Other local football figures with honouray doctorates:

  1. Dr Patrice Motsepe
  2. Dr Kaizer Motaung
  3. Dr Irvin Khoza
  4. Dr Danny Jordaan
  5. Dr Ephraim Sono.

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