SA coach resigns from US-based role

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South African manager Alan Koch has resigned from his position as the Head Coach of ULS Championship side Colorado Springs Switchbacks with immediate effect. 

The Switchbacks announced Koch's resignation on Saturday afternoon, citing personal reasons for the 45-year-old's decision to cut his stay at the club short despite having two years remaining on his contract.

"Alan has brought a positive energy, an exciting playing style, and professionalism to the organization so it is unfortunate to see him and [his wife] Amy go so unexpectedly," club president Nick Ragain told the club's website.

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"I know this decision weighs heavy on them but they have our blessing. Our prayers are with the entire Koch family during this time."

Koch joined the Switchbacks in September 2019, after previously managing Major League Soccer side FC Cincinnati, and guided the club to a third-place finish in Group C of the 2020 USL Championship regular season.

Fellow South African George Lebese is still on the Colorado-based side's playing books as of the end of the 2019/20 campaign, although the club is yet to confirm whether or not the former Kaizer Chiefs star has been retained for next season. 

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