Coore, Koch Reunite At Ole Academy
Two former FC Edmonton men have reunited far, far away across the globe.
Former FC Edmonton forward Kairo Coore has officially reunited with his former head coach Alan Koch, who led the 22-year-old through what ultimately became FC Edmonton’s final season last year.
Koore will train with the Ole Football Academy located in New Zealand – in which Koch is the technical director – and will ask suit up for New Zealand top division side Western Suburbs FC.
“Welcome to New Zealand, Kairo!” said Koch online. “Buzzing to help you take the next step in your career!”
Coore was selected first overall in the 2022 CPL-U SPORTS Draft after contributing an astounding 15 goals in 12 matches for Cape Breton University the season prior.
He went on to make eleven professional appearances under Alan Koch, adding a second league goal to his tally during his final club appearance in a 5-1 loss to eventual champions Forge FC.
Ole Football Academy has helped produce over twenty players who have gone on to earn caps with New Zealand, with the team also enjoying a domestic affiliation with aforementioned Western Suburbs FC along with an international one with Torslanda IK in Sweden.
There are more Canadian Premier League athletes expected to follow the same path as Coore, perhaps leading to a smaller-scale rebirth of ‘FC Opportunity’ abroad.
There are a number of Eddies athletes who have found their footing elsewhere of late, like Cale Loughrey (Halifax Wanderers), Terique Mohammed (Lexington SC), and Bicou Bisainthe (Haiphong FC).
Alan Koch had been a firm believer in the talent within the FC Edmonton roster, so it’ll be interesting to see who else joins him in New Zealand.