Black netball coach put through the hoop

2011-07-30 19:01

Cecilia Molokwane, the only black member of the netball coaching staff who was appointed last month for next year’s university international competitions, had her name removed from the list without any explanation.

Molokwane was initially announced as one of the University Sport South Africa (USSA) coaches to the International University Sports Federation (Fisu) and Federation of African University Sports (Fasu) tournaments in Senegal and Cape Town next year.

But according to a highly placed source within Netball South Africa (NSA), only the names of Dorette Badenhorst, Lana Krige, Charlotte Scholtz, Elsje Jordaan, Karin Venter and Jenny van Dyk have been endorsed by the NSA, ruling Molokwane out of the trips.

“This situation takes us back to when transformation never existed. Cecilia was introduced as one of the coaches in Potchefstroom three weeks ago and we are surprised that her name does not appear on the list. It is a serious drawback,” said the source.

“I think the minister of sport will be disillusioned to hear this because he praised netball transformation in his first speech,” added the source.

City Press is in possession of a letter with the names of the officials going to the two tournaments, but Molokwane’s name is missing.

This comes soon after the South African senior netball team left for the World Championships in Singapore last month under a dark cloud after a senior player, Nthabiseng Moabi, who is a former captain, accused coach Elize Kotze of racism and favouritism after being left at home.

The source said the only black coach in the national team, Professor Chipeya, never even featured on the bench for the duration of the championships in Singapore as Kotze and Berta de Kock called the shots.

NSA president Mimi Mthethwa said the USSA was entitled to select the team of its choice.

“The NSA only recommends names, which was the case with Cecilia, but unfortunately the USSA said she did not meet the standard.”

She refused to comment on the World Championships issue and referred questions to the director of selectors, Mpumi Javu.
Javu declined to comment and so did Molokwane.

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