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Pitso to officially leave Al Ahli, will Chiefs pounce?

Despite Pitso Mosimane having led Al Ahli back into the Pro League, it comes at a time when there has been speculation that the popular coach could be set to leave the Saudi club, with a recent salary payment debacle fuelling exit talks.

According to SABC Sport, Mosimane officially “sent a letter to Al Ahli 15 days ago, informing them of the intention to terminate the contract”.

The popular coach is now back on the market, and will undoubtedly have plenty of new job opportunities to consider, with options said to be available in the Gulf region and in Africa.

Mosimane’s exit from Al Ahli comes just as Chiefs are said to be considering various new coaching options, although Nasreddine Nabi is widely reported to be the favourite for the Amakhosi job.

Recently, when speaking to an Arabian TV channel, Pitso confirmed his last salary payment was way back in January, while he also admitted that he felt he wasn’t afforded the desired influence at Al Ahli.

“I’m not the number one person in the team. The number one person in the team is the president. The number two person is the vice-president and I’m number three,” Mosimane said.

“I recommended the players, I gave them the players that can take us to promotion (but) they brought their own players. I saw (Nicolas) Milesi at training and (Vinicius) Amaral. I knew they were talking to him, but I suggested another player and suddenly I saw him (Amaral) in my office, and they said here is a new player, I said OK.”

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Interestingly, Mosimane has suggested he could be open to the option of coaching Chiefs, although he said that he’d heard nothing as yet.

“I’ll ask my agent but he has never told me anything about Kaizer Chiefs,” Mosimane told Power FM.

“But anything is possible, I like projects so if someone gives me a project and has a vision. I also have my say on how things can go from step one, two and three.”

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When it comes to Mosimane’s non-payment of salaries, the article from TimesLive further states that his representatives may have to bring Fifa in to help resolve the matter, with the money owed including bonuses for promotion and for winning the second-tier Yelo League title.

“They [the coaching staff] have achieved their mission. They are engaging the team to get what is owed to them because the past few months have not been easy for them,” a source commented.

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You can see a clip featuring Mosimane below:

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