‘I have nothing to prove’ – Pitso Mosimane rules out PSL return

Former Mamelodi Sundowns coach is not interested in a job back home

Former Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has no intentions of coaching in South Africa again.

Mosimane was among the names linked with the vacant position at Kaizer Chiefs before Tunisian Nasreddine Nabi emerged as the main target for the club.

However, the ex-Al Ahly coach feels he has nothing left to achieve back home following his hugely successful eight-year spell at Sundowns which saw him win five PSL titles as well as the CAF Champions League.

“Next at my age, it’s no longer about trying to win the DStv Premiership five times in a row. I have done that. What else do I want to do here? To prove what?,” Mosimane told iDiski Times.

“I have always liked to be curious, I’ve always jumped. So I needed to know what North Africa was about, so I went to North Africa. I went to the Gulf in Saudi, Emirates, back to Saudi. Maybe Qatar? Maybe Saudi again?”

‘If you asked me and I had a choice, Saudi again’

Mosimane then expressed his desire to return to Saudi where he has had mixed fortunes in recent years.

Pitso Mosimane at Al Ahly. Photo: Imago
Pitso Mosimane at Al Ahly. Photo: Imago

He led Al Ahli to promotion back to the Saudi Pro League with five matches to spare in the 2022-23 season but failed to save Abha Club from relegation having joined midway through the 2023-24 campaign.

Jingles says playing against world class players who have moved to Saudi clubs in the last two years is something he would like to experience again.

“If you asked me and I had a choice, Saudi again. That’s big football, you’re up against Sadio Mane, and Yannick Carrasco, there are top players there. And they bring top coaches, and personnel,” he added.

Mosimane recently set conditions for Abha return

“The whole AFCON, Seko Fofana, they are all there in Saudi. [Kalidou] Koulibaly, they are all there. Fashion Sakala of Zambia is there, what a player. That’s the league, to be honest, it’s where the World Cup is going and many more players are coming.

“I just read Kevin De Bruyne said that if there’s an opportunity to go to Saudi, he will go. That’s where I want to stay, where I want to be.”

Mosimane’s sentiments come a week after he set conditions for his return to Abha Club who he could not rescue from the drop despite a good start.

The former Al Wahda coach said the club would need a total overhaul before he accepts to go back and help them return to the top flight.

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Joel Oliver

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