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How much Pitso Mosimane pockets after FIFA settles his Al Ahli dispute

In a satisfying development, ex-Bafana and Mamelodi Sundowns tactician Pitso Mosimane will pocket a hefty amount following FIFA‘s ruling on his dispute with Al Ahli Saudi.

Mosimane won his case against his former club, Al Ahli, via the FIFA tribunal. That was after the club unceremoniously relieved him of his duties.

Mosimane took over at Al Ahli in September 2022 and was supposed to last until 2023 with an option to extend. But that was solely hinged on whether he helped Al Ahli win the promotion ticket into the Saudi Pro League.

And the former Al Ahly coach did not disappoint as he fulfilled the obligation. By helping them gain promotion, Mosimane was supposed to receive a huge windfall in bonuses.

Surprisingly, by the time he was relieved of his duties, the club also had arrears in salaries for the gaffer and his technical team.

Mosimane reported the matter to FIFA, and the club was found guilty of breach of contract.


Pitso Mosimane during his time at Al Ahli Saudi
Pitso Mosimane during his time at Al Ahli Saudi

As a result, he is set to receive a staggering R22,2 million in total. In a lengthy statement, FIFA explained Mosimane’s case.

“In his [Mosimane’s] claim, the claimant argued that the respondent [Ahli] failed to pay various salaries,” reads the statement. Far in excess of more than two months, despite being put in default and granted 15 days to remedy the default before unilaterally terminating the contract.

“Furthermore, the Claimant argued that several bonus payments in the amount of R4.75 million [USD246,000] net had not been remitted.”


FIFA ruled that Al Ahli must pay Mosimane the below amounts:

“1. The claim of the Claimant, Pitso John Hamilton Mosimane, is partially accepted,” reads the part of the ruling.

“2. The Respondent, Al Ahli, must pay to the Claimant the following amount(s):

“-USD 355,500 [R6 868 260] net as outstanding remuneration plus 5% interest p.a. as from 1 June 2023 until the date of effective payment;

“- USD 8,218.80 [R158 787,216] net as outstanding remuneration;

“- USD 3,394 [R65 572,08] as outstanding remuneration;

“- USD 786,000 [R15 185 520] net as compensation for breach of contract without just cause plus 5% interest p.a. as from 1 June 2023 until the date of effective payment.”

However, according to Article 57 of the FIFA Statutes, this decision may be appealed.

Al Ahli were given 21 days of receipt of the notification of this decision to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS]. It is uncertain whether they appealed.

Mosimane is currently working hard to help save Abha Club from relegation from the Saudi Pro League. Should he achieve this feat, there are chances that they will give him a long term contract.

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