Just five games into their 2019 Gauteng Sasol League campaign, Nompumelelo Nyandeni asked all of her teammates JVW Girls to sign her captain’s armband.
When asked why, she said she was going to wear it the day when they reached the 2019 Sasol League National Championships final which they were going to win, and thus gain automatic promotion into the Safa National Women’s League (SNWL) this season.
The Banyana Banyana midfielder recalls all of her JVW teammates laughing at her predictions so early on that season. However, Nyandeni knew something her teammates were yet to learn. And that is the power of speaking into one’s future.
“Everybody called me crazy when I did that,” Nyandeni recalls. “However, I believe in the power of speaking things into existence, while also setting practical goals in pursuit of attaining them.
“I also had a personal target of scoring 50 or more goals in our final season at the Gauteng Sasol league, and I was able to achieve that. I scored 50,” Nyandeni adds. “When we were crowned the 2019 Sasol League National Championships winners, they reminded me of what I had said and we all just laughed.”
In their debut season of the SNWL, Nyandeni admits that most of her teammates came to enquire of where does she see the team finishing in this campaign.
The 33-year old, who has scored five of the 11 goals JVW have scored in their last four matches, laughed at this thought. And that’s mainly because Nyandeni doesn’t not regard herself as a seer.
Be that as it may, the JVW captain gave her teammates an advice which she believes will help them play their best football this season.
“The club’s ambition is to finish within the top five of this SNWL campaign,” Nyandeni said. “And this what I told my teammates when they approached me regarding where I think the team can finish off in our debut season in the SNWL. And that’s because we don’t want to put ourselves under undue pressure. We want to enjoy this experience and fight for positive results in each match we will be competing in.
Meanwhile, Nyandeni, who’s sitting on 149 Banyana Banyana caps, says she is hoping that her continued fine performance at her club will help her reclaim her place in the senior national women football squad.
“I haven’t retired from international football,” Nyandeni says. “One of the many reasons is that I still believe I have a lot left in me to offer to the game. My other dream is to make 150 caps for Banyana Banyana and more. This is one goal I want to attain before my time comes to hang up my boots.”
By Mohau Ramashidja