After only 18 months with Township Rollers coach Mark Harrison left the team over Christmas holidays blaming frustrations with Botswana football for his decision. Harrison told rollersfc.com that “there have been people in Botswana Football who really make it hard to do things”. He said this is the reason why he felt it was the right time to move to the South African setup. He has been appointed the technical director of bottom-placed ABSA Premier League side Baroka FC.
Harrison thanked all at Rollers for allowing him to execute his duties as a coach. He hailed Rollers as a great club with room to develop into a bigger brand. “In terms of how the club is administered this is the best African club I’ve worked for. If the club and its president Jagdish Shah were to be given an opportunity to run things without obstacles, and other clubs’ benchmark, Botswana football as a whole would benefit. It is not just about having finances, but doing things right, in a professional manner,” Harrison told rollersfc.com.
Some in the local football fraternity feels Harrison’s departure to PSL will open up doors of opportunity for local players to play in South Africa. A few weeks after his arrival in Botswana in 2015 Harrison told this publication that Botswana got talented players whom if they could be given the chance will grow further. Prior his appointment at Baroka, Harrison was in earlier 2016 linked with a move to another South African side Amazulu. The move, however, did not materialise with him signing an extension with Rollers. Harrison won the 2015/16 Premier league title with Rollers.