Egyptian champions Al Ahly on Thursday officially confirmed Pitso Mosimane as the club’s new head coach. This after Mosimane announced his departure from Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday.
The news came as a shock as the 56-year-old recently signed a new four-year contract with The Brazilians.
Al Ahly didn’t waste time to tell the world about its new acquisition.
"The club's board of directors decided in its meeting today, Thursday, 01-10-2020, headed by Captain Mahmoud Al-Khatib, to approve what was mentioned in the memorandum submitted by the Planning Committee in coordination with the general supervisor of the ball, which included the following…termination of the contractual relationship with Mr. Rene Weiler, coach of the first football team, in accordance with the terms of his contract with the club due to the difficulty of achieving his urgent demands, which were not included in the contract clauses and contradict the interest and stability of the team at this important stage, as well as the players' need to focus and prepare Powers for the next stage," a statement from the club read.
Mosimane spent almost eight years at Chloorkop and was considered the most successful South African coach after winning five Premier Soccer League (PSL) titles. The 2019/20 PSL season proved to be yet another success, seeing him deliver a domestic treble. He said it was difficult to leave Sundowns after many years.
"It is with a sense of pain and sadness that I announce my departure from Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club. I have accepted an offer to join an international team. After winning five league titles with Mamelodi Sundowns – the 10th for the club – how can a man ever find it easy to say goodbye to his home? How can I say goodbye to the family, the board, the supporters and the fans?,” said Mosimane in a statement.
Mosimane also expressed his gratitude to Sundowns president, Dr Patrice Motsepe.
"From the deepest part of my heart, I am so grateful that the president has blessed my move. I did not expect less from a man who has been so good and generous to me. He is the kind of a leader any family, company, team and indeed any country needs. I have been privileged to drink from his well of wisdom.
"My success is his success. Without him, I would not have achieved half of what I have. I leave this family knowing that our bond is unbreakable and hoping that with the passage of time, our paths would come together again," he said.
Meanwhile, Motsepe via a media statement confirmed that he’d been aware of ongoing talks between Mosimane and the Red Devils.
“Sundowns has been aware of the ongoing discussions between Pitso Mosimane and the Egyptian club and with other North African clubs. I have on several occasions over the past few years expressed my support for Pitso Mosimane leaving Sundowns to coach in North Africa or Europe or Bafana Bafana. Football players and coaches have at times an uncertain and inconsistent future and must pursue new opportunities where they may grow and receive greater remuneration,” Motsepe said.
He added that he had received a warm and emotional note from Mosimane, and further said he was very proud of Mosimane’s achievements at Sundowns.
“Pitso has been the most successful coach in the history of Sundowns and will always be a member of the Mamelodi Sundowns Family. I wish him, Moira and his family everything of the very best and I hope to see him coaching in Europe soon,” Motsepe said.
Motsepe said Sundowns will soon make announcements about the new head coach and other changes that the team will be introducing.