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Pitso Mosimane to coach Bafana Bafana rivals next?

Pitso Mosimane has managed to draw a lot of speculation around his next move given his long dance with Soweto Giants, Kaizer Chiefs.

28-03-24 12:02
Coach Pitso Mosimane - Kaizer Chiefs target - Jurgen Klopp
Coach Pitso Mosimane. Image: (@PitsoMosimane/Instagram

Whether Pitso Mosimane is in a job or not, there seems to be speculation of where his next job will be. South African coach Pitso Mosimane’s future seems to be a topic of discussion almost every season.

Mosimane is currently the head coach of Abha Club in the Saudi Arabia topflight. He joined the club on a short-term contract. He was also appointed during the middle of the season, with the club hoping he saves them from relegation. His agent and wife Moira Tlhagale stated clearly to his current club that he is there temporarily.

Tlhagale did, however, state that Mosimane would be willing to sit down and re-negotiate with Abha should they avoid relegation. She also explained that although the ambition was to coach a national team. That was a huge statement to make and an eyebrow raiser, especially with ‘Jingles’ being linked with the Nigeria job. 

To make things even spicier, suggested that Nigeria and Mosimane could be engaged in fresh talks. 


“Nigeria have appointed caretaker coach Finidi George for the friendly international matches against Ghana and Mali, but they are still searching for a permanent coach to take over as from the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, which resume in June. Mosimane’s manager, Moira Tlhagale, has revealed that she is currently in talks with teams for the upcoming season as contingency plans should the former Bafana Bafana coach not extend his four-month deal with Abha Club.” Wrote the publication.

The maths also starts to add up, when you realise that Mosimane’s last game for Abha Club should be in May. At that point, he would be expected to know whether he is re-signing or going. Should he decide not to, and Nigeria talks go smoothly, he could start just before the Super Eagles World Cup qualifier. This being in time for their clash against Bafana Bafana on June 3rd.

What makes this even more of a possibility is that, the former Bafana coach has publicly flirted with the idea. Mosimane recently praised the quality at the disposal of the Nigerian side.


“To be honest, I still want to do a national team. I don’t choose what comes, but if you say, ‘Am I interested?’ I am interested. I would like to lead a team in the World Cup. Africa has nine places. But to have (Samuel) Chukwueze and the boy playing for Napoli (Victor Osimhen) as your striker — that Nigerian team is unbelievable,” he once said in a virtual presser with the South African Football Journalists Association (SAFJA). 

So, could we see South Africa’s beloved Mosimane coaching Nigeria against Bafana on June 3rd?