Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk has told Sasol League players not to give up on their dreams as most of the successful female footballers in the country started in the very same league.
Van Wyk insists that it’s important to have a competitive league for women to play in because it’s a platform for players to get recognised to represent the national team.
The 34-year-old defender has since sent words of advice to the South African semi-professional women’s league players, saying they must keep working harder than anyone else if they have intentions of playing for the national team or going overseas.
“Continue to play the game, and if you have hopes and dreams to play either for the senior women’s national team or move abroad, then put forth as much effort as one can muster. Someone out there will spot the talent you bring to the game. Don’t give up,” adds the former Houston Dash player.
“My first professional contract came when I was 29 years of age – so anything is possible at any time or stage of your career.
She also reflected on the Hollywoodbets Super League newbies JVW FC of which she is the owner of the club. The Glasgow City player is pleased with JVW’s good season start.
“The team is doing extremely well and I am so proud of them. They work hard and want to achieve great results and be the best in the league. That is obviously every team’s ambition. It’s a new league, higher level and very demanding. It is important that the players continue to stay united throughout, disciplined and professional in every aspect in order to achieve what we want, which is winning the league,” she said.
Following the announcement of Hollywoodbets as the new headline sponsor for the National Women’s League – Van Wyk reckons that this deal will empower women’s football in South Africa.
“Any company that comes on board to sponsor women’s football will always be welcome in my books because this has been long overdue. Women’s football is one of the fastest-growing sports globally and it is good that companies are realising that,” she divulges.
“I have long held the view that when due recognition is given to the game, through sponsorships, these can help leverage equal visibility within the sport. This is not just good for the sponsors themselves but also for the players as an initiative like this can help drive further female participation into the game, which will benefit the quality of the league as well as our National teams tremendously.”
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By FARPost Reporter