Pitso Weighs In On Ronaldo Influence In Saudi Arabia

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Al Ahli Saudi fans have created a chant for their South African coach, Pitso Mosimane.
Al Ahli Saudi fans have created a chant for their South African coach, Pitso Mosimane.

South African, Al Ahli Jeddah head coach Pitso Mosimane has opened up about his side's prospects of promotion to the Pro League and the influence of Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Mosimane is on course to bring back Al Ahli Saudi to the Pro League at the first time of asking after he was appointed with the same mission at the beginning of the season.

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Al Ahli are currently lying second in the First Division, just a point behind log-leaders Al-Hazm and have high chances of promotion, with three teams set to be directly promoted.

The former Bafana Bafana coach, who was unveiled as one of the Nedbank Cup ambassadors, has discussed the influence of Ronaldo towards other top players, after the Portuguese superstar joined Saudi Arabia Pro League side Al-Nassr in December last year.

Ronaldo had an acrimonious departure from Manchester United and was a free agent after the two parties mutually agreed to go their separate ways after the Portuguese's revealing interview with Piers Morgan.

Al Nassr reportedly made the 38-year old the highest paid player in history, with the salary of £177 million per year.

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Mosimane says the best out of Saudi football is yet to come and he expects more top players around the world to flock to the Pro League.

"I think the best is yet to come out of Saudi football, watch the space. I foresee a lot of top players coming to the Saudi league," Mosimane said.

"Because the Saudi league is strong, is the best in Asia and financially also, that's where we're going, we hope we'll go there but we believe we'll go there (promotion with Al Ahli)," he said.

The veteran tactician added that he had a different perception about Saudi football but he's happy now to be in the Middle East country, because the football is "good".

"We're working towards that (promotion) and I'm happy to be in Saudi to be honest and we had a different perception about Saudi but it's not what we think, Saudi is very good," he concluded. 

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