SA coach lands top job in Canada

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South African coach Alan Koch has been appointed as head coach and director of football operations at Canadian Premier League side FC Edmonton. 

Koch's appointment at Edmonton was made official last week Thursday, and comes just weeks after he parted ways with USL Championship side Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

"We are very excited to introduce Alan as our new head coach," Edmonton owner Tom Fath told the club's official website.

"We had the privilege of talking to a lot of great candidates for the position but, in the end, coach Koch's mix of professional coaching experience, winning track record, business understanding, and wide soccer network made him the clear choice to lead us into the future."

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The move sees the Durban-born coach return to Canada, where he coached Simon Fraser University and the Vancouver Whitecaps' women's and reserve team between 2009 and 2016, before later taking charge of MLS side FC Cincinnati and the Switchbacks.

"It is a privilege to join FC Edmonton and I am grateful to Tom Fath and Eric Newendorp for this opportunity," Koch said following his appointment.

"I look forward to building on from the foundations that are already in place and assessing the areas that we need to adjust to having the required success in this new league. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but I am confident that we can have success with the club.

"I left Canada to gain additional professional experience, but am incredibly excited that this opportunity allows me to further my career while staying close to family.

"The Canadian Premier League is a welcome opportunity for Canadian players and coaches, and I will work relentlessly to help FC Edmonton achieve its goals. I cannot wait to meet the club staff, players, partners, and supporters groups."

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