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Pitso Issues Statement After Saudi Relegation Heartbreak

What was meant to be an exciting project for astute coach Pitso Mosimane and his technical team ended in rather disappointing fashion after they suffered relegation from the Saudi Pro League.

Mosimane’s Abha Club dropped to Saudi Arabia’s second tier after losing 2-1 to already-relegated outfit Al Hazem on the season’s final day. Abha needed to pick up three points to survive relegation, but it wasn’t to be.

Things looked well on track for the South African mentor when his side took the lead in the 47th minute through Ahmed Abdu, but Gambian marksman Muhammed Badamosi equalized for the home side in the 58th minute before Mohammed Al Thani struck 10 minutes from time to break Abha hearts.

Mosimane’s agency, MT Sports Marketing and Management, has since released a statement on behalf of the coach expressing their appreciation for being granted the opportunity to work on the Abha Club project, but in the same breath being very disappointed being unable to achieve the mandate set.

“It is incredibly disappointing to come so close and fall short. I am proud of how the players responded to the challenge and fought until the end. Their commitment and heart have been extraordinary, and although we did not achieve our ultimate goal, we can hold our heads high for the effort and progress made,” the statement read.

“Thank you to the Abha Club board, management, and fans; they have been pillars of strength throughout this challenging season. The learnings from this experience will certainly make us better coaches and players.”

It remains to be seen where Pitso’s future next lies with plenty of clubs having shown interest in the 59-year-old in the past.

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