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Goodbye Saudi Arabia, hello UAE! Pitso Mosimane as head coach at Al Wahda


SANDTON, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 1: Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane at the press conference for the Women’s Women Against Child Abuse (WMACA) Athletes on June 1, 2022 at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, South Africa. The initiative aims to raise awareness and education on the protection of children in sporting settings and to hold accountable those who harm children through sport. (Photo: Gallo Images/Lefty Shivambu)

  • Revealed after three turbulent weeks Unpaid wages to staff and players and then Termination of contract with Al AhliPitso Mosimane is now a new job.
  • South Africa’s most acclaimed foreign coach made his debut as head coach of United Arab Emirates (UAE) professional league Al Wahda FC.
  • This will be Mosimane’s fifth club in charge in a career spanning more than two decades.

Pitso Mosimane has been officially appointed as the new head coach of Al Wahda FC, a distinguished team in the professional league of the United Arab Emirates.

Mosimane’s statement follows Recently departed Al Ahli Saudiwhose former club is based in Saudi Arabia.

Mosimane’s new gig, 58, represents another major chapter in his illustrious coaching career.

“Al Wahda FC has signed South African Technical Director Pitso Mosimane to lead the first team as head coach. The Club Board welcomes Mr Mosimane to the home of the Champions; wishes him success in his service to the club’s leadership, administration and fans ambition,” The club said on its official Twitter account.

Mosimane’s representative, MT Sports Marketing and Management, told South African media that further details of his move to Al Wahda will be announced in due course.

Beginning his tenure at Al Ahli in September 2022, Mosimane faces the challenge of revitalizing a side that are seventh after five games.

However, his extraordinary leadership and tactical prowess propelled the club into an incredible recovery that ultimately ensured their return to the Saudi Pro League with four games remaining.

Al Wahda is a team with a storied history, based in Abu Dhabi, with a strong pedigree in the UAE Pro League, having won the title four times in the past.

Sadly, their last title triumph was in 2009/10, fueling a hunger for glory that Mosimane was eager to sate.

The club’s latest campaign ended in a respectable third place, narrowly missing out on qualification for the prestigious Asian Champions League.

With the arrival of Mosimane, Al Wahda aim to regain their prominence on the domestic and continental stages, fostering a new kind of ambition in the squad.

For Mosimane, Al Wahda marks his fifth managerial venture, adding another illustrious chapter to his illustrious career, which has won 19 major trophies in his previous coaching gigs.

He has played for SuperSport United, Mamelodi Sundowns as well as Al Ahly in Egypt and Al Ahli in Saudi Arabia.


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