Shock all round as Pitso Mosimane lands unexpected new gig in Saudi Arabia | Sport

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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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