Pitso Mosimane has used his debut as a Sky Sports pundit to shower Saudi Arabia with praise, for shocking two-time champions Argentina 2-1 in their opening Qatar 2022 World Cup match yesterday.
Mosimane, who coaches Saudi Arabian side Al Ahli, took to Twitter to tell his 1.1m followers about his break as a pundit on one of the biggest sports television shows in the world, and to hail his adopted country for their giant killing act.
“Pre-match vs Post-match Thank you @SkysportsNews and @SkySports for having me on your #FifaWorldCup shows today. Congratulations @SaudiNT. What an entertaining game. #ChangingTheGame,” tweeted Mosimane.
The legendary South African coach has plenty reason to be proud of the Herve Renard coached Saudi Arabia heroes, that tore the underdog tag to shreds to beat a star studded Argentina, led by captain Lionel Messi.
Mosimane coaches two of those heroes, namely reserve goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Yami and striker Haitham Asiri, at his Saudi side Al Ahli.
The Saudi victory over Argentina has been ranked as the biggest shock in FIFA World Cup history, even dwarfing the United States’ 1-0 win over England in 1950 when the Americans went into that match with a marginal 9.5% chance to walk away with all the points.
According to Data company Nielsen Gracenote: “the 51st-ranked Saudi Arabia’s chance of beating an Argentine side unbeaten in 36 internationals was 8.7%.”
Besides having a galaxy of stars such as Messi, Angel di Maria, Paulo Dybala and Lisandro Martinez, to name just a few, pre-tournament favourites Argentina are also ranked 3rd in the FIFA rankings, which underlines the magnitude of the Saudi victory.
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