Vermeulen shuts the door on coaching

08 December 2017 Author   Michael Uugwanga
Former Welwitschias coach Danie Vermeulen, who resigned as national team coach in July 2015, before the start of the World Cup that was held in England,
says that he is no longer interested in coaching rugby or watching the sport locally.
Vermeulen was replaced by current Welwitschias coach, Phil Davies, who was at the time a Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) consultant.
Vermeulen resigned from his post under a cloud after he was accused of racism.
In a letter send to local media houses, he also cited interference with his team selection as one of the reasons he had left his job as the rugby national team coach.
Vermeulen has not been involved in rugby ever since resigning from the national team, a decision that he intends to continue.
The 41-year-old, a powerful prop in his youth before he was left paralysed by a car crash in 2000, had his wheelchair stolen on a warm up trip to Tunisia and was forced to replace it from his own resources, something that also contributed to his resignation.
Speaking to the Windhoek Observer this week, Vermeulen said that he does not even watch local rugby, including the national team.
“I am not interested in coaching whatsoever because I lost interest in coaching and I also do not watch local rugby matches anymore including the national team because I am not interested at all,” he said.
Vermeulen previously coached Trustco United in the Namibia Rugby Premier League (NRPL) and had been tipped to take over the club next season after United failed to make the play-offs last season, but he firmly ruled out a return to the club, where he won the league title in 2002 and 2003.
The coach was accused of using the word Ka**er (an ethnic slur against a black person) in 2014  during a European tour when Namibia played Canada, Wales, French Barbarians and Portugal as preparations for the 2015 World Cup, but he vehemently denied the charge.
“After the November tour, I was informed that some of the team players in the squad had laid complaints of racism against me which were shocking,” Vermeulen said.


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