One of the most legendary coaches in South African football history looks set to depart Mamelodi Sundowns ahead of the new season. Pitso Mosimane has, allegedly, accepted an offer to take over at Egyptian giants Al-Ahly. The news, which has emerged on Wednesday morning, is yet to be confirmed by either club.
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The North African side have dominated their domestic game, and have been one of the all-conquering forces on the continent over the years. After working wonders in Tshwane, Mosimane is now preparing for another enormous challenge. Several publications – including Times Live – claim that Pitso’s departure is essentially a ‘done deal’.
The achievements of Pitso Mosimane are likely to go unmatched for quite some time. He delivered ‘La Decima’ for Mamelodi Sundows with their tenth PSL title earlier this month, in a season which saw the Brazilians wrap up a historic domestic treble. He also led the team to CAF glory in 2016.
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With such an impressive pedigree, it is no surprise that one of the biggest teams in Africa has come calling for the boss. Wydad Casablanca, of Morocco, are also interested in securing Mosimane’s signature. But it seems he will be heading to Cairo this week, with confirmation of his resignation imminent.
However, a stumbling block still remains. Pitso Mosimane is tied down to a long-term contract with Sundowns, and still has four years left to run on his current deal. Officials from Al-Ahly will have to come to some sort of amicable agreement with owner Patrice Motsepe on how they can prize him out of this lengthy commitment.
Shouldn’t really be any surprise to see Pitso Mosimane leave South Africa…
The man has literally won everything there is to win. The logical next step would be outside the country.
— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) September 30, 2020