Newly promoted JVW Girls are not heading to the Safa National Women’s League (SNWL) to make up the numbers, they aim to compete.
This was the bold statement by JVW Girls head coach Ciara Picco amid preparations for their maiden season in the Women’s League.
And that statement will send shivers down the spines of a few teams in South Africa’s women’s top flight, especially after JVW’s wonderful performance in the Sasol League National Championship, which saw them being crowned the champions.
JVW Girls, owned by Banyana Banyana skipper Janine van Wyk were promoted from the Sasol League in December 2019, alongside Ma-indies, whom they beat in the national playoffs.
“People can expect good competition and some beautiful football. We like to play very attractive football. Football that supporters can get behind and excited about, so I think that’s something definitely to look out for,” Picco told FARPost.
“And with the pedigree of players we have, we look to be competitive always, so we should bring a good amount of competition to the game.”
With the calibre of players JVW Girls have at their disposal – stars such as Banyana Banyana international Kaylin Swart, Nompumelelo Nyandeni, Mamello Makhabane, Gabriela Salgado, and Robyn Moodaly, Picco is rather positive that her troops will give some of the top teams in the league a run for their money.
“Goals and achievements for the new season, just to be competitive in the league and to bring something good to the league,” she added.
“The players are very focused, just that excitement to be playing with the top teams in the country. Preparations are going quite well. We happy with where we are currently.”
Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies were handed the first ever SNWL after Safa’s national executive committee took the decision to declare the 2019/2020 season due to Covid-19.
Following the lengthy break, 10 months, the association decided to give amateur football the green light to resume with the SNWL touted to start on Saturday, 24th of April.
The Bedfordview-based side will make their Women’s League debut against Ma-Indies FC, the last team they played in 2019. Since then, JVW have not played any competitive football and Picco is well aware of the toughness of the league.
“Over lockdown, we were blessed as the SABC showed a few extra of the games. So, having seen a lot of the teams play, f we could see that every team in that league deserves to be there I mean they all have a competitive nature, they have all good playing styles,” explained Picco.
“I also noticed that there are certain teams that rise to the top quite quickly in terms of unbeaten records like Sundowns as an example.
“They had a phenomenal season from them you know as much as they have quality players it also takes a lot of hard work to continue that unbeaten run so we know that there are hard workers in the league, some very competitive teams but overall we will face good competition in every game that we go to,” concluded the JVW Girls mentor.
RELATED STORY: JVW crowned champions
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi