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Pitso Mosimane: Where Does Ex-Al Ahly Coach Go Next?

Pitso Mosimane’s exit from Egypt giants Al Ahly was confirmed on Monday, with the club releasing a statement announcing that they’d parted w...

Pitso Mosimane’s exit from Egypt giants Al Ahly was confirmed on Monday, with the club releasing a statement announcing that they’d parted ways with the South African head coach.

While the manager’s departure had appeared to have been a long time coming, with Mosimane having outlined his desire to leave the club, what does the future now look like for the ex-Mamelodi Sundowns mentor?

SC Zamalek

Last month, Zamalek SC Sporting Director Amir Mortada Mansour revealed that Mosimane’s agent—his wife Moira Tlhagale—had approached the White Knight about potentially working with the Caire giants.

“Mosimane’s agent approached us through a middleman, she said there are problems with Al Ahly and as an agent she was looking for potential jobs for Mosimane,” Amir told ONTime Sports.

It’s a remarkable claim considering the tension and animosity that exists between the two Egyptian giants, and surely Jingles would have been aware that he’d be playing with fire to even suggest he could swap Ahly for Zamalek.

The White Knights ultimately appointed Jesualdo Ferreira, but might there still be some interest in snaring their rivals’ erstwhile talisman?


Earlier this year, reports in the local media indicated that one of the biggest clubs in the United Arab Emirates’ Gulf Pro League were keen on signing the Ahly coach.
Pitso Mosimane: Where Does Ex-Al Ahly Coach Go Next?

It appears as though Al Rayyan were considering a move for the ex-Sundowns boss as they sought a replacement for departing Laurent Blanc.

The ex-Manchester United and France defender was ultimately replaced by former Chile international Nicolas Cordova, although with his appointment understood to only be on an interim basis, Rayyan may reignite their interest in Mosimane.

UAE side Al Wahda FC have also reportedly been keen on Mosimane, who briefly spent time in the Middle East during his playing career.

Back to the PSL

Speaking earlier this month, Mosimane insisted that South Africa clubs could afford his salary demands should he find himself back on the market.

The 57-year-old only signed a two-year extension with Ahly in March, putting pen to paper on a deal worth a reported 2.5 million Rand per month, and will surely be seeking similar terms now that he’s moved on from the Red Devils.

"Do you want to tell me that Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates do not have money to pay a coach?” he asked the media. “No, what we are talking about is the culture that we cannot pay a coach R2-million a month, but if you have sponsors you can do it.

“In South Africa sponsorship is big. Maybe we need to investigate how much money the sponsors are giving to the clubs, and then we will realise this thing is doable.”

Which of the PSL teams would be able to put together a package to tempt Jingles to their club?

Orlando Pirates

Apparently in need of a head coach following the departure of Fadlu Davids, Pirates are yet to appoint Mandla Ncikazi—who had held the reins alongside Davids—as sole manager.

If that was their intention when they let Davids go, then surely they would have made an announcement by now?

If they’re serious about returning to the pinnacle of the South African game, then a move for free-agent Mosimane would be the kind of statement signing that would prove Bucs mean business.

Senegal national team

Earlier this year, reports in the Egyptian press suggested that the Senegal Football Association were also keen on appointing Mosimane in order to get the best out of their talented crop of players.

It would be a tantalising move—to see Africa’s finest coach manage Sadio Mane, arguably Africa’s finest player, not to mention his star-studded supporting cast.

However, since those murmurings, Senegal won the Africa Cup of Nations under Aliou Cisse, and qualified for the World Cup.

As accomplished as Mosimane is, surely wouldn’t twist and bin their Afcon-winning coach on the eve of the World Cup. — 

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