Dorette Badenhorst has been appointed as the Spar Proteas new national team coach. Dumisani Chauke will be her assistant coach leading towards the 2023 Netball World Cup in Cape Town.
Badenhorst was part of the World Cup technical team that did well in Liverpool, England in July. She was also the coach of the Under-21 team for a long time.
South Africa President Cecilia Molokwane
Australian-born coach Norma Plummer’s contract ended at the end of the World Cup as well as the contract of assistant coach Nicole Cusack, also from Australia.
Netball South Africa President Cecilia Molokwane says the contracts of the new technical team will be performance-based.
The former World Cup winner with Australia, Plummer might have left her post but will still advise the new technical team going forward according to Molokwane. However, there are reports emanating Tuesday that she signed a contract to advise the English Netball team.
Bongi Msomi will remain as captain assisted by Karla Pretorius just like in the World Cup. Molokwane says continuity is vital.
Badenhorst was coaching the Spar Smileys team that comprised of the locally based national team players to keep them active in the Netball Premier League before the World Cup. She says she will make the country proud.
Chauke is currently coaching the Tshwane University of Technology varsity netball team. She has worked with Badenhorst previously in the Under-21 team. She is happy for the opportunity. – Report by Vincent Sitsula
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