Former Gor Mahia coach Mark Harrison joins Kenya’s Emerging Stars football academy.
Former Gor Mahia coach Mark Harrison is set to return to the nation as technical director of the Emerging Stars football school in Lavington, Nairobi.
The Briton decided to accept the role after “extensive talks,” according to Christine Ouko, one of the four directors of the institution, which will open its doors in March 2021.
“We’ve been talking with him (coach Harrison) for a long time, and we’ve finally agreed.” “We will shortly disclose the day on which we anticipate him to arrive in Kenya,” Ouko stated, without specifying the length of Harrison’s contract.
based in the UK The academy’s other directors are Kenyan pastors Boniface Mbugua, Beatrice Gambo, and David Wambiri.
Manoah Esipisu, Kenya’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, broke the news of Harrison’s homecoming.
“Former Gor Mahia coach Mark Harrison is returning to Kenya to oversee the Emerging Stars soccer program, a project of Kenyan UK Pastor Boniface Mbugua, with a relationship with Premier League side @SpursOfficial on the horizon.” “Adding to the pool of talent for #WorldCup2026,” Esipisu tweeted on Tuesday.
Harrison, a former Nottingham Forest, Stoke City, and Southampton player, left Gor on January 29 this year after just five months on the job owing to a succession of dismal performances.
The record winners also fired assistant coach Sammy “Pamzo” Omollo and goalie trainer Jerry Onyango.
The 61-year-old strategist has previously led top-flight teams in Botswana, South Africa, and Zimbabwe before moving to Kenya to coach Gor.
He said that his style of play is one in which his teammates have fun.
“I went through various phases of growth before settling on the appropriate idea — overall football. I am preparing my squad to annihilate the opponent with an appealing high-tempo style of exciting football. I like seeing my side control possession by moving the ball from the goalie through the three zones and into the opposing net “Harrison told Nation Sport in November of last year.
Ouko said that they had been in discussions with Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League since last year and are nearing the end of a contract.
She said that the English Premier League club would teach the academy’s coaches and players, as well as look for chances for them overseas.
Currently, the Emerging Stars Academy has 100 players (88 boys and 12 girls). Ouko said that they are now recruiting additional ladies for the program.