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Banyana Captain Buys Women’s Soccer Team

29 April 2013 The Touchline Expert

Banyana Banyana captain and central defender, Janine van Wyk continues to be a trendsetter in women football development. Having set up her own JVW Girls School Soccer League one year ago, she has now bought a franchise in the Sasol League in which top performers from her school league feature.

The newly-formed Mondeor-JVW club has so far played four games, winning one, drawing one and lost two in the Sasol league so far this season.

The Banyana Banyana skipper founded the JVW Girls School Soccer league a year ago with the aim of giving school girls an opportunity to develop their careers in the game of football.

The Mondeor-JVW Football Club is wholly made up of girls drawn up from the JVW Schools League and includes van Wyk herself, having moved from national champions Palace Super Falcons where she was playing last season. Another top player in the side is fellow Banyana Banyana teammate, Robyn Moodaly.

The Banyana Banyana defender said she left her former club and defending Sasol League champions Falcons to fulfil her new vision of developing upcoming women footballers and is of the opinion that this is a great opportunity to give the younger players the platform to achieve their ambition.

“I decided to buy Mondeor because of the development structures they had in place already. Since I have an interest in girls’ football development, this is an opportunity to give the young players something to work towards and realise their potential as footballers.

“Playing in the Sasol League is a step in the right direction for this team and I also feel it can only enhance my performance in Banyana colours. I have set myself on working harder as a player and serve as an inspiration for the up-and-coming players within the team. We have been playing well since the Sasol League season started – having played four games – losing two, drawing one and winning the other,“ said van Wyk.

Janine has been involved as a player/coach for the club, giving input on what needs to be done during the teams’ training sessions.

“I have several coaches who have been helping me in the club that include Lisa McAuliffe, a former player in the Irish Women’s League,” added Janine.

Banyana Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza believes the robust Banyana defender has done well for herself as a player and continues to help on the development front of younger players. Mkhonza hopes that this will encourage other former players to plough back into the development of women’s football in the country.

“I am very happy that Janine has taken this great step. While she is still an active player, she is also looking at giving younger players opportunities to grow. Coming from Super Falcons, a team that had star players, I don’t think playing for her new club will affect her performance as a national team player. She is a natural winner and will continue working harder and at the same time guide and develop future stars.

“I have seen the team myself; it is growing and has huge potential,” said Mkhonza.