According to reports in the Saudi press, Pitso Mosimane has sent an official complaint to FIFA over six months’ unpaid salary from his previous club, Al-Ahli Saudi FC. The coach’s complaint also includes an automatic clause in his contract that if he were to get Al-Ahli promoted from the Yelo League, his contract would be extended by a year.

FIFA’s Response

A report on the Saudi news site Arriyadiyah stated that FIFA would ask Al-Ahli for clarification on the year’s extension clause before taking action over it.

Mosimane’s Time at Al-Ahli

Mosimane took over Ahli, a “big three” team in Saudi Arabia who suffered their first relegation the season before, in September 2022. The team was wallowing in seventh spot after five matches in the Yelo League. Mosimane steered the side to the second-tier championship and promotion back to the Saudi Pro League (SPL). Despite this success, Al-Ahli opted not to continue with Mosimane as coach. The former Bafana Bafana, Mamelodi Sundowns and Al Ahly (Cairo) coach has since joined United Arab Emirates Pro League team Al Wahda.

The situation of Mosimane’s Support Staff

The complaint at FIFA is almost certain to also include the situation of Mosimane’s South African support staff, who were allegedly not paid by Ahli for six months.

Al-Ahli’s Future Plans

Al-Ahli is yet to appoint a coach but has made big-name signings from Europe in anticipation of their return to the SPL. These include Brazilian former Liverpool forward Robert Firmino and Senegalese former Chelsea goalkeeper Édouard Mendy. Algerian former Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez is also reportedly close to signing a three-year deal with the Jeddah-based club.

By Shamiso Miracle

Shamiso Miracle completed her degree in journalism and media studies at the University of Zimbabwe before honing her skills at Savanna News. She then went on to work at iHarare News, becoming a voice for everyday SA citizens who wanted to share their stories. When she's not writing news that entertains and inspires ,Shamiso is an avid reader and a wellness bunny.

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