Namibia appoints new cricket coach

He replaces Andy Waller.

According to NCB President, Francois Erasmus, the appointment concludes a “lengthy process of advertising the post both locally and internationally, reviewing the 34 top applications received, drawing and interviewing a shortlist of five candidates and confirming the appointment with the full Board of Directors.”

In a statement released this week, The Namibia Cricket Board expressed its extreme pleasure for a born and bred Namibian to be appointed to the position. Deon Kotze has been the national team cricket captain for the past six years and he inherits the legacy of Zimbabwean Waller, whose contract expired last June. Deon Bosman Kotze was born in Windhoek on 12 September 1973. He matriculated from Windhoek High School in 1991. It was also in this same year that Deon first represented the Namibia Senior Cricket team in a Zone VI tournament in Windhoek. After matriculating he furthered his studies and obtained a B.A.Law degree from the University of Stellenbosch during the period 1992-1994. During this time Deon also represented the Maties and Vics at cricket.

Deon returned to Namibia in 1994 and has since played a major role in Namibian cricket. A few highlights of his playing career include; playing for Namibia from 1991-2006; being part of the squad to qualify in Toronto, Canada in 2001 for the ICC Cricket World Cup in South Africa in 2003.

He also played and captained Namibia in its first World Cup ever in 2003 upon which his caps as captain of Namibia reached 93 from 2002-2006 in official and unofficial matches.

The 33 year-old scored the 3rd most runs (2286) for Namibia in three day matches; and also took the most wickets for Namibia in three day matches namely 88.

Erasmus noted how the former captain has had 163 wickets to become the second most wickets for Namibia in one day matches.

“I never expected this position and when I applied I knew there were a lot of quality candidates, hence I am still in a state of shock and excitement, at the same time,” said a jubilant Kotze.

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