Pitso Mosimane fails to clinch Stellie star for Abha
Pitso Mosimane has failed to clinch a Stellies star as the coach tries to rescue Saudi Arabian football club, Abha FC from the drop.
Stellenbosch Football Club has rejected an enticing offer from Pitso Mosimane for star striker Iqraam Rayners from Abha FC in Saudi Arabia.
That is according to reports from South African football media outlets.
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Rayners, an influential individual since his return to Stellenbosch in January 2023, has been a shining example of success for the Cape Winelands team.
The 28-year-old made an immediate impact, scoring 21 goals and four assists over 34 games.
iDiski Times reported: “This publication understands that Mosimane’s club submitted a bid for Rayners just after the Premier Soccer League window transfer closed and Stellenbosch rejected the offer.
“The PSL summer transfer window was closed on 26th January, while the window in Saudi Arabia was open until 30th January.”
Mosimane, who is now on a short-term deal, faces an uphill battle as his side is 17th in the Saudi Pro League, five points from safety. With 15 matches remaining, Mosimane hopes to create a turnaround for the faltering team.
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Conjecture tying him to management posts at Kaizer Chiefs and the Nigerian national side ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has been pervasive.
It is not clear if Mosimane will stay on at the club if he secures them a place in the top flight next term.
Rayners is therefore unlikely to get this opportunity coming around again. However, in the short term his national team ambitions won’t be hurt by remaining in the PSL.