“He will surely be missed on the playing field, but the good news is he is still within the cricket fraternity."
During the lunch break of the second T20 International between the Momentum Proteas and Bangladesh at the Mangaung Oval on Saturday, the Central Franchise VKB Knights and Northern Cape Cricket management, players and family came together to show their appreciation and respect to Werner Coetsee at his end of innings farewell at Mangaung Oval’s Presidential Suite.
VKB Knights CEO, Johan van Heerden told those gathered: “He will surely be missed on the playing field, but the good news is he is still within the cricket fraternity.
Van Heerden added: “It is sad that Werner will not be playing cricket anymore. He will surely be missed but I am glad to announce that he will now be working as assistant coach of Free State Senior Provincial team.”
The VKB Knights former captain’s career came to an end at the end of 2017/18 season, and Coetsee will be remembered for his off-spin abilities, a strong batting character as well as his charismatic leadership.
Meanwhile, Eugene Jacobs, CEO of Northern Cape Cricket also paid tribute to Coetzee: “It was a great privilege and honour to have Werner Coetsee play for us at Northern Cape Cricket. He is a great leader and a special individual, and he will surely be missed.”
In his short and to-the-point speech Coetsee thanked the organisers for the farewell, and also said that he’s looking forward to the future.
“I would like to thank the franchise for organizing something of this nature in my honour. I am going to miss playing, but for now I am excited about my new adventure as assistant coach of Free State Cricket,” he said.