Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)
Pitso Mosimane surprised the broader soccer community after being confirmed as the new head coach of Al Ahli Jeddah of Saudi Arabia.
The popular and well-respected former Bafana Bafana and Sundowns mentor had been on a three-month hiatus following his departure from Egyptian giants Al Ahly.
Mosimane was hugely successful during his 21-month tenure in Egypt, claiming consecutive CAF Champions League titles as well as well as four cup wins.
But a mediocre finish to last season’s Egyptian Premier League campaign put him under inexorable pressure and he eventually stepped down.
The 58-year-old moves to the Middle East facing a distinctly different challenge.
Al Ahli were relegated from the top-flight Saudi Pro League for the first time in their history last season, finishing with a pitiful 32 log points from 15 matches.
They’ve found the going immensely tough in the second division as well, boasting a mere 8 points from 7 starts.
Mosimane, evidently, wants to showcase his ability to lead a project where a club needs to fundamentally re-build.
He was recently “honoured” by SAFA for receiving his CAF Pro Licence, which was officially handed to him by federation president Danny Jordaan.
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