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Pitso Mosimane unlikely to join Kaizer Chiefs. Image:

Saudi Pro League D-Day: Pitso in charge, ex-Kaizer Chiefs star in danger?

A dramatic day in the Saudi Pro League awaits.

Pitso Kaizer Chiefs

Pitso Mosimane unlikely to join Kaizer Chiefs. Image:

Pitso Mosimane knows that a win on the final day of the Saudi Pro League season will secure safety for Abha. However, an ex-Kaizer Chiefs star is less certain of his team’s fate.


Pitso Mosimane’s mandate was to keep Abha in the top flight when he took over in January. If they get relegated, that’ll undoubtedly be a huge stain on his otherwise stellar managerial career. Abha claimed a critical 2-1 win against Al Khaleej in their last match, and their final fixture is against rock-bottom Al-Hazm. A win there would guarantee safety for Mosimane and his team.

Final day nail-biter in Saudi Pro League, ex-Kaizer Chiefs star in real danger

But what about Musona and Al-Riyadh? They’re not out of the woods after a disappointing 2-2 draw with 10-man Al Nassr. They’re only above Abha on goal difference and could be reeled in by 16th-placed Al Tai, Musona’s old team. Al-Riyadh is away to Al Khaleej and Al-Tai faces 18th-placed Al Akhdoud on the final day. All matches kick off at 20:00 (SA time) on Monday 27 May. If Abha and Al-Tai win their matches and Al-Riyadh fails to do the same, they and Musona will be relegated. It’s going down to the wire. For the record, Musona didn’t feature in Al-Riyadh’s last fixture and is a doubt for their season finale, so he’ll be relying on his teammates to get the job done, from the sidelines.


When he was in charge of Bafana Bafana, Pitso was taking home roughly R500k a month. Mamelodi Sundowns doubled his money in 2012 when he earned a cool R1 million monthly with the South African champions. In just under eight years at the helm, he won 11 pieces of major silverware.


With Al-Ahli Saudi, Pitso was earning a stratospheric R2.7 million a month and they weren’t even a top-flight side. Pitso also landed a huge settlement figure in the region of R22 Million when he was paid late after steering them to the Saudi Pro League. Now with Abha on a short-term deal, Pitso is desperately trying to keep his latest employers in the Saudi Pro League. We can only assume that Abha’s pockets are deeper than Al-Ahli Saudi’s. Will Chiefs need to restructure their entire wage bill to bring this man on board? Even assuming they get Itumeleng Khune and Keagan Dolly’s salaries off the wage bill, this is still an incredible stretch. Dolly and Khune’s combined salaries are believed to be R1.9 million a month.

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Pitso Mosimane during his final season with Al Ahly in Egypt. Image: @cafonline/X

Will Pitso avoid the dreaded drop?

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