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PITSO MOSIMANE DROPS SUNDOWNS BOMBSHELL: HE’S OFF TO THE LAND OF THE PHARAOHS!

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Pitso Mosimane has confirmed his abrupt departure from Mamelodi Sundowns to take up a new job with an “international club”.

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Mosimane has confirmed earlier reports that he has left Sundowns, and fuelled further speculation that he will be joining Egyptian giants Al Ahly.

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Egyptian media have been reporting that Al Ahly are about to part ways with Swiss coach Rene Weiler after a breakdown in contract renewal negotiations.

Mosimane recently signed a four-year extension to his contract after winning 11 African and domestic trophies since joining Sundowns in 2012 after being fired as the national coach.

His triumphs included the CAF Champions League, the CAF Super Cup, and five league titles and four cup competitions in South Africa.

In 2016, Sundowns became only the second South African club after Orlando Pirates to win the Champions League, and the first to compete at the FIFA Club World Cup.

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Ahly have won a record 19 CAF titles, including the Champions League eight times, and recently clinched a 42nd Egyptian Premier League crown.

The Cairo Red Devils are familiar with Mosimane as Ahly and Sundowns met at the quarter-finals stage of the 2019 and 2020 Champions League.

Sundowns won 5-1 on aggregate last year and Ahly exacted revenge this season with a 3-1 overall victory.

“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,” read a public statement from ‘Jingles’.

The five-time PSL champions further confirmed that club president Patrice Motsepe, who called an emergency meeting at Chloorkop, offered his blessing for the move.

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“Mamelodi Sundowns has been my family for almost eight years. The President Dr Patrice Motsepe has been like a father to me. He has been a mentor, a friend, a supporter and a confidante. I could never quit him or Mamelodi Sundowns. I am only going away to carry the spirit of the Yellow Nation with me.

“From the deepest 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 leader any family, company, team and indeed any country needs. I have been privileged to drink from his well of wisdom,” Mosimane added.

“I leave this family knowing that our bond is unbreakable and hoping that with the passage of time, our paths would come together again. This is not a divorce. We shall remain bonded forever.

“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?

“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. This is not a divorce. We shall remain bonded forever.”

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Written by Garrin Lambley

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