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Pitso Mosimane humbled again, relegation danger looms large

Pitso Mosimane is staring down the barrel of relegation after another humbling defeat with Abha. Kaizer Chiefs fans, are you watching?


Carrasco puts Pitso Mosimane to the sword

Former Atletico Madrid star Yannick Carasco ran riot as Al-Shabab gave Mosimane’s Abha side a 5-0 hiding. The Belgian famously kissed his partner on camera after scoring in the 2016 UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid. Mosimane’s Abha side took an 8-0 thumping by Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr earlier this month. They responded well, picking up a much-needed 2-1 win over Al Fateh. However, another massive defeat has seen relegation worries resurface.

Abha above the relegation zone, but for how long?

After this 5-0 thumping, Abha is just one point above the relegation zone. However, 16th-placed Al Akhdoud would leapfrog Pitso’s team if they win their game in hand. After that, there will be six matches left in the Saudi Pro League season. For the record, 11 of Abha’s 25 points in the league have been won by Mosimane.

Kaizer Chiefs Pitso Mosimane
Pitso Mosimane during his final season with Al Ahly in Egypt, Kaizer Chiefs next for the legendary tactician? Image: @cafonline/X.

Pitso to Kaizer Chiefs? Unlikely!

After having his Al Wahda contract ripped up after just 10 games, Pitso focused on family during Christmas 2023. He also discussed his short-term ambitions at the tail-end of what was an eventful year for Jingles:

“To be honest, there is interest in me now and in a totally different space that you and I could ever think of – Asia, not the Gulf,” he stated.

“So there has been interest. And there’s been an interesting one also from North America. And why not? Why not go to North America, why not go to Japan, China, those places, because for us, it is also our legacy.

“So if you can get a project that’s interesting in the Gulf, just for example, and a similar project in Asia, probably I would go to Asia, just to go see.

“But on that one, national teams, I don’t have a problem to be back in the continent, but club-wise no.”


Do you think Jingles can steer Abha clear of relegation danger and preserve their status as a Saudi Pro League team for next season? Let us know in the comments section below.

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