Cape Town - Netball South Africa (NSA) announced on Tuesday the appointment
of Benny Saayman as head coach of the
SPAR Protea team. She will be assisted by Dr Elsje Jordaan and Martha Mosoahle.
Their appointment is with effect from February 1, 2015 until August 31, 2015. They replace Elize Kotze, who resigned as head coach last
week, for personal reasons.
“We are confident that Ms Saayman would
be able to guide the team to a successful Netball World
Championships (WNC),” said NSA President Mimi
“She is a mature coach who has been on the same platform
before and during her tenure the team was ranked fifth in the world. Ms Saayman was the coach for the Western Stings, the NPL that
won the second division of the Brutal Fruit Netball Cup last year. Her
trademark is playing basic netball. It would be important for our team to go
back to playing basic netball where all the skills they have acquired in the
last three years under the former coach would come in handy to support and
strengthen their play.
“We had a frank discussion with Ms Saayman
to ensure that she and her assistants work as a team. We are happy with
how she sees their roles as individual coaches. She was given the opportunity
to suggest who she thinks would add value to her game plan; she identified the
“I am confident Dr Jordaan would
contribute a lot towards the attack aspect of the game while Martha Mosoahle is very good in mid-court and would be
instrumental in improving this area of the game,” said Saayman.
“I will guide and nurture both the assistant coaches. Elsje (Jordaan) played under me
when I was national coach, I know her as a player and I can also say she is
currently the best game analyst we have in South Africa. She and Martha both captained the SPAR Proteas during their playing days. I will also work
hard to build the team to understand that we are family. I would like our team
to play basic, fast netball”.
Saayman said South Africa had
enough quality players, both black and white, to do a good job in the WNC. She
was quick to point out that she was not coming in to perform miracles but was
definitely looking forward to the challenge of preparing the team to do well at
South Africa is drawn along Malawi, Singapore and Sri Lanka in
Pool C (INF has indicated that this might change). Although this might look
like an easy pool, it would be bad for the team to take these teams lightly.
Regardless of where the team ends in the pool, if they are position one or two
they are guaranteed to meet either Australia or New Zealand in the
next stage of the competition.
Mthethwa said plans for team preparation had been worked out
before the Kotze’s resignation, and Saayman was expected to proceed with these plans.