Although Pitso Mosimane had just penned a new two-year deal with Egyptian giants Al Ahly, he dramatically requested clearance to leave the club after recent meetings earlier this month.
Mosimane would surely have not requested to leave Al Ahly if he had no options and possible offers in front of him, though. As it is, he will reportedly have big-money job offers to consider around the world.
The veteran coach previously indicated that there are new opportunities for African coaches in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and this could be his first option.
Mosimane enjoyed a famed coaching career with Mamelodi Sundowns, and was involved as national caretaker coach for seven games in 2007.
Interestingly, Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Patrice Motsepe has now provided serious backing for Mosimane to coach Bafana Bafana again.
“I wish Pitso Mosimane could coach Bafana Bafana. He is my favourite coach and I love him. He will always have a special place in my heart and I will even get the Motsepe Foundation to subsidise his salary. I think he is quality, and quality should not come cheap,” said Motsepe.
Meanwhile, in a recent interview with TimesLIVE, Mosimane’s manager Moira Tlhagale revealed that there are certainly no shortage of options.
“I got a lot of calls from different international and domestic [SA] clubs that are interested in coach Pitso Mosimane but it’s important to clarify on the record that we have not signed anything with anyone.
“Interest is both international and domestic with three local SA teams that want the services of the coach.
“We have not gone into too much detail with anyone in terms of negotiations. Some of the teams that called wanted to confirm if he has signed with anyone already.
“This is because there have been reports in the media saying that he has been linked or signed with certain clubs but that is not correct at all.”
Al Ahly released the below statement in relation to Pitso Mosimane’s shock departure
After a recent meeting, the club stated that all parties had “decided that he (Mosimane) should continue his mission with Al Ahly as a result of the achievements he managed to accomplish during the previous period.
“However, during the meeting that was previously held, Mosimane requested to leave and that he is satisfied with the achievements he managed to accomplish with the club.
“Later on, Mosimane’s decision was discussed and it was decided to approve his request to part ways with the club and to thank him for the achievements that he accomplished.”