FIFA orders Al Ahli to pay Pitso Mosimane $1.15 million

FIFA have reportedly ruled in favor of South African coach Pitso Mosimane in his case against his former club Al Ahli Jeddah.

FIFA has ordered Al Ahli to pay $1.15 million to Pitso Mosimane after the South African won his case against the Saudi club, according to iDiski Times newspaper.

Al Ahli had decided to terminate the contract of Pitso Mosimane ahead of the new season despite the presence of an automatic extension clause for a further season, with him receiving a huge bonus if the team wins promotion to the Saudi Pro League.

Mosimane had lodged a complaint against Al Ahli for six months’ unpaid wages and for failure to comply with a clause that made his contract extension automatic, if he brought the team back to the top flight.

Pitso Mosimane

FIFA explained Mosimane’s case via the statement: “In his [Mosimane’s] claim, the claimant argued that the respondent [Ahli] failed to pay various salaries, far more than two months, despite being put in default and granted 15 days to remedy the default before unilaterally terminating the contract.

The association ruled in the coach’s favor. World soccer’s governing body ordered the club to pay Mosimane $1,150,000. In detail, $355,500 in unpaid remuneration which includes 5% interest, $786,000 for breach of contract without cause which also includes 5% interest, and $11,612 as a deserved reward.

FIFA gave Al Ahli 21 days to receive notification of this decision to appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Mosimane recently took over coaching duties at Abha Club, which currently sits in 17th place in the Saudi league table with 14 points.