National netball coach re-appointed for Jamaican tour

2012-04-18 14:28

Elize Kotze has been re-appointed the national netball coach until after the team’s scheduled tour to Jamaica in June.

Netball South Africa (NSA) announced this after a weekend training camp at which aspirant coaches worked with the national squad and were put through their paces.

NSA president Mimi Mthethwa said the selection panel, which included previous coaches of the national team, recommended Kotze as the most suitable.

“However, Elize has a number of conditions that we are unable to meet at this stage, so we decided that we would appoint her to take the team to Jamaica, and then we would either advertise again for a national coach, or else use a head-hunter. We are currently engaged in discussions with the Ministry of Sport in an attempt to improve conditions for netball.

“We hope the outcome of the talks will be that we might be able to put netball on a more professional footing in future,” added Mthethwa.

Kotze was a member of a coaching panel appointed early last year, after the resignation of the previous coach, Carin Strauss.

She was named head coach for the World Championships in Singapore last July. South Africa finished fifth in the tournament after beating their African nemesis, Malawi, in the play-offs for fifth and sixth place.

“We got to number five in the world at the world championships, and the logical next step is to aim for number four,” said Kotze.

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