Pitso Mosimane's departure poses more questions about his future

Pitso Mosimane before his final game for Al Abha FC Image via @AbhaFcEn on X

Pitso Mosimane’s Departure: What’s Next for the Coach?

Pitso Mosimane’s departure from the Saudi Pro League leaves his future uncertain, with potential opportunities at Kaizer Chiefs looming.

Pitso Mosimane's departure poses more questions about his future

Pitso Mosimane before his final game for Al Abha FC Image via @AbhaFcEn on X

Pitso Mosimane’s shocking departure leaves everyone wondering what is next. Former head coach of Mamelodi Sundowns, Bafana Bafana, and Al Ahly, Mosimane, has confirmed his departure from Al Abha FC. Following the team’s relegation from the Saudi Pro League. This decision comes after a 2-1 defeat to the league’s bottom side, Al Ahzem, on Monday.

“I took a risk. I knew it was a difficult task, but I had hope when we got out of the danger zone three times,” Mosimane stated after the match. “Everything must be accepted, and my contract with the club expires today.”

Future uncertain: Return to South Africa or stay in the Gulf?

With Pitso Mosimane’s contract ending, his next move remains uncertain. He could return to South Africa or continue his coaching career in the Gulf region. Where he has worked since leaving Al Ahly in 2022. Reports suggest that Kaizer Chiefs are interested in Mosimane as they look to appoint a new head coach for the upcoming season.

Mosimane’s tenure in Saudi Arabia began with Al Ahli Jeddah. Where he led the team to promotion to the Saudi Pro League before departing after one season. He then had a brief stint with Al Wahda before signing a four-month contract with Al Abha. Under his leadership, Al Abha was in a position to secure their place in the league with a win over Al Ahzem on the final day, but they fell short.

“Even though we scored first, we were not able to win, and we got a penalty kick and missed it,” Mosimane added.

Pitso Mosimane’s departure: Praised efforts despite relegation

Despite the relegation, Pitso Mosimane’s camp praised his efforts. Known for his success in chasing titles. Mosimane faced the unique challenge of trying to save a club from relegation. He and his technical team nearly succeeded on the final day. Placing their fate in their own hands for the season’s final match.

MT Sports and Marketing commendation

MT Sports and Marketing, led by Mosimane’s wife and agent Moira Tlhagale, commended his efforts. “We are immensely proud of Coach Mosimane and his technical team for their unwavering dedication and tremendous effort this season. They were brave enough to take on a challenge that most would have steered clear of. Only missing out on survival by 2 points, the progress and spirit displayed by the team under Coach Mosimane’s leadership has been inspiring,” Tlhagale said in a statement.

Kaizer Chiefs fans anticipate Mosimane’s next move

Kaizer Chiefs fans hope Mosimane will be the next head coach at Naturena. Recent reports indicate he is their top choice, and his availability following Al Abha’s relegation increases the possibility. The ball now firmly lies in Chiefs court, as Pitso is now officially available. 

Pitso Mosimane’s reflection and gratitude

Reflecting on his experience, Mosimane stated, “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. 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.”

As Mosimane considers his next career move, his resilience and dedication continue to be recognized and celebrated. But will Kaizer Chiefs pounce?