Janine Van Wyk

Hallo to the Women’s Soccer United family and followers. It has been a while since I last shared my stories, views, emotions and experience with you.

Today I would like to share something that I never thought would happen in Women’s Football in South Africa. The most amazing thing happened this past week. SAFA (South African Football Association), announced the most exciting news I’ve heard in a very long time, and that is that Banyana Banyana (Women’s Senior National Team) have a new coach.

This is no ordinary coach, this is a highly experienced, World known coach that has achieved so much in her playing career as well as her coaching career.  Vera Pauw, former coach of The Netherlands and many more teams have now come over to make a difference in South African Women’s Football.  I am sure she is aware of how much work is to be done, but I am positive that she can change things quickly.

President of SAFA Mr Danny Jordaan emphasized on how important it is that Female coaches take over all the Women’s National teams and I could not agree more. I think the players will feel more comfortable around a female coach and is able to speak out when they need to.

As the Captain of the team I am excited to work under Vera. I am looking forward to grow in the sport and I am extremely happy to say that SAFA has made the best decision regarding Women’s Football and hopefully everyone will see the change in our style of football soon.

Thanks to WSU for allowing me to share all these things with the World.  Exciting times ahead for me and for the Team…

1 Comment
  1. WSU 7 years ago

    Fantastic blog, thank you Janine.
    It is great to hear about the positive women’s football development happening in South Africa and what it means to you.
    Vera is a very experienced coach and it will be exciting to see the impact she has on the team.
    This comes with the other positive news that South Africa are among the bidders for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, very exciting times!

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