Banyana Banyana captain and Glasgow City defender Janine Van Wyk believes the gap between the South African women’s football and the rest of the world in terms of talent and competitiveness is slowly closing but admits the road ahead is still long.
Van Wyk who recently made her UEFA Women’s Champions League debut for Scottish side Glasgow says Africa is moving in the right direction with the introduction of the CAF Women’s Champions League.
“I believe that Africa has the quality and phenomenal talent that clubs abroad are benefitting from because of the lack of high-level competitions in our respective countries,” says Van Wyk.
“We are slowly moving towards closing the gap by taking initiatives of having more competitions in place such as the CAF Champions League. But we still have a long way to go to close the gap with the best in the world.”
The Banyana captain went on to state that the women’s club championship set to kick off in 2021 is a great opportunity for female stars on the African continent to grow and showcase their talents.
“It allows players, teams, and clubs an opportunity to grow and be inspired to compete at a higher level. This means the National Teams would be strengthened and made up by players that are consistently being challenged in the game.
“We are always looking for a way for women’s football to improve and I believe this is a perfect opportunity for us to see the improvement through such competitions,” concluded Van Wyk.
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi