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PREVIEW: Pitso Mosimane faces tough test against Cristiano Ronaldo-led Al-Nassr in Saudi Pro League

Pitso Mosimane’s mission to rescue Abha FC from the jaws of relegation in the Saudi Pro League gets even tougher as South Africa’s finest coach comes face-to-face with the unstoppable Cristiano Ronaldo and Al-Nassr on Tuesday.

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Pitso Mosimane’s mission to rescue Abha FC from the jaws of relegation in the Saudi Pro League gets even tougher as South Africa’s finest coach comes face-to-face with the unstoppable Cristiano Ronaldo and Al-Nassr on Tuesday.

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Mosimane’s Abha are set to host the league-chasing Al-Nassr in what promises to be an electrifying environment at Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium at 21:00 (SA time).

The five-time Ballon D’or winner, Ronaldo, has been a huge crowd-puller in Saudi Arabia since his move at the beginning of last year from Manchester United.

Chances are the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium will be packed to the rafters with admirers who will be looking forward to seeing Ronaldo in action.

The 39-year-old world superstar is in fine form as he has scored an amazing 26 goals from 23 league matches this season and 34 in all competitions.

The Al-Nassr skipper scored a hattrick against Al-Tai on Saturday and he was also on the scoresheet in the 1-0 win over Al-Ahli Saudi.

The Portuguese forward will be determined to add more goals to his tally when they come up against relegation-threatened Abha.

Mosimane’s charges are rooted in the unenviable second spot from the bottom of the log table despite collecting four points in their last two league matches.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns and Al Ahly boss was appointed by Abha in January in a bid to avoid the axe to the Yelo League, which the coach won with Al-Ahli last season.

He has overseen six league matches, winning two, and drawing two while the other two ended in defeats.

The clash against the Ronaldo-led side will be the toughest match for Mosimane during his time in the money-spinning league.

Al-Nassr also boasts former Liverpool and Bayern München Sadio Mane and former Arsenal and Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina.

Mosimane, who witnessed his side throw away a first-half 1-0 lead to draw with Al-Riyadh on Saturday, will hope to pull a big upset in the Saudi Pro League by beating Al-Nassr.

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