Van Wyk celebrates 150 in style
Posted: 18 September 2018 Time: 08:30
Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk celebrated her 150th cap in fine style as the senior women’s team hammered Malawi 6-0 in their COSAFA Cup clash in Port Elizabeth.
Van Wyk, who was recently playing for US side Houston Dash, made her Banyana debut in 2005 against Nigeria in the African Women’s Championship and has gone on to play at the Olympic Games twice.
Van Wyk is also the most capped female footballer on the continent, but the fourth highest-capped footballer behind Ahmed Hassan (184), Hossam Hassan (169) and Essam El-Hadary (159) – all from Egypt.
“It’s obviously a huge honour for me to come this far. I never thought I’d come this far because you never know what would happen along the way. Football is a really short-term career and anything could have happened with major injuries and I think I have been blessed that I have not had any major injuries,” she said after the game.
“It’s just been commitment and dedication and most of all the passion for the game. Yes, there’s been ups and downs, but those failures I had along the way motivated me to carry on.”
Before retiring one day, Van Wyk is hoping Banyana can finally qualify for the World Cup, which will be played in France next year.
“That is my ultimate goal, to qualify for the World Cup and it’s getting closer and closer. It’s about time for us to see ourselves at the World Cup. We are working hard and we are always there for each other because we have a goal, which is to see ourselves in France.”
Banyana, meanwhile, have qualified for the semi-finals of the COSAFA Championship. They will play Uganda at Wolfson Stadium tomorrow (15h30).