SA netball coach resigns

(File, Gallo Images)
(File, Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Netball SA confirmed on Wednesday that it had accepted the resignation of Proteas head coach Elize Kotze.

"We had a meeting with the coach on Monday to discuss the team's preparations for the world championships in Sydney in August," said NSA president Mimi Mthethwa.

"At that meeting, Elize read us a letter tendering her resignation. She said she had given the matter much thought and had decided that it was necessary for her to resign."

In her letter of resignation, Kotze said she had experienced a trying time in her life and for personal reasons beyond her control she had decided to resign as national coach.

Kotze's son had been critically ill, spending several weeks in intensive care although she did not state any specific details for her decision.

Team won gold

Kotze was appointed head coach in 2011 and took the Proteas to fifth place in the world championships in Singapore that year, beating arch-rivals Malawi in the play-off for fifth place.

However, the team lost to Malawi in the fifth-place play-off at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year and dropped back to sixth place in the world rankings.

Mthethwa said NSA had considered bringing in a coach from one of the powerhouses of world netball, Australia or New Zealand, but felt that there were people in South Africa who were capable of taking the team further.

"However, we are bringing the former Australian coach, Norma Plummer, to work with the 15 top players for two weeks in February. Norma was coach of the Australian team that won gold in Singapore in 2011 and she will bring much to our team."

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