Pitso Mosimane urged to return to North Africa where he’s ‘admired’

A former student of Pitso Mosimane has called for his return to coaching in North Africa, believing the ex-Bafana Bafana coach has much left to accomplish in that region.

Unattached after his June contract expiry with Abha Club in Saudi Arabia, Mosimane is back home focusing on his Pitso Mosimane Soccer Schools project as he awaits his next coaching opportunity.

He has been working outside South Africa since leaving Mamelodi Sundowns to join Al Ahly in 2020. He was successful in Egypt winning two CAF Champions League titles, two CAF Super Cups, Egyptian Premier League, Egyptian Cup and they twice earned bronze at the Fifa Club World Cup

He went on to spearhead Al Ahli (Saudi Arabia), Al-Wahda (UAE) before he went to Abha.

Former Sundowns and Bafana Bafana striker Katlego Mphela says Mosimane should return to North Africa, where he's already admired. 

Mphela feels “Jingles” boasts the experience necessary to replicate his past successes in that region.

WHY MOSIMANE WOULD SUCCEED AGAIN IN AFRICA?

“I don't see why not. He has been in that space before. He has the experience of North African football,” Mphela told Soccer Laduma.

“He knows what's needed to be in that space and make it but at the end it will depend on him if he wants to go back there or not. 

“I'm sure they admire his work there and there are several clubs looking for his services. As long as they can approach him I don't see why he can't go there. He still has a lot to offer in North Africa and elsewhere.”

Last month, speaking to iDiski Times, Mosimane definitively shut down the possibility of returning to coach in South Africa

He expressed his desire to remain in Saudi Arabia, citing the growing allure of the Arab Gulf's rapidly developing football leagues, which are now attracting global stars.

PITSO MOSIMANE – ‘THAT’S WHERE I WANT TO BE’

“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?,” he said.

“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. 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. 

“The whole AFCON, Seko Fofana, they are all there in Saudi. 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.”

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