Coach Desiree Ellis Applauds Janine van Wyk’s Contribution

Coach Desiree Ellis Applauds Janine van Wyk’s Contribution

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has expressed admiration for retiring veteran and former captain Janine van Wyk, emphasizing the recognition she deserves for her significant role and contribution to women’s football.

Van Wyk’s Retirement and Squad Announcement

As Janine van Wyk prepares to retire from professional football, Desiree Ellis showered her with praise, acknowledging her immense impact on women’s football.

Simultaneously, Ellis revealed her 24-member squad for the upcoming Olympic Qualifiers against DR Congo.

Testimonial Match for Van Wyk

Coach Ellis announced that a testimonial match will be held in honor of Janine van Wyk as she steps into retirement.

This tribute underlines the respect and appreciation for Van Wyk’s contributions.

Ellis’s Focus on Olympic Qualification

In preparation for the Olympic Qualifiers, Ellis shared her insights on their opponents, emphasizing the importance of qualifying for the Olympics.

She stated that understanding the strengths of their opponents is crucial, and she has done her homework.

Janine van Wyk’s Remarkable Career

Desiree Ellis praised Janine van Wyk’s leadership on the field, highlighting her determination and commitment.

She noted that Van Wyk’s influence extended not only to the national team but also to women’s football in South Africa.

Van Wyk’s Final Call-Up

These Olympic Qualifiers will serve as the final call-up for Janine van Wyk, who has had a distinguished career spanning several years. The 36-year-old defender has represented Banyana in various international tournaments, including the 2012 London Olympic Games and the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Analysis of Opponent DR Congo

Coach Ellis recognizes the challenges posed by DR Congo as their opponents, emphasizing the need for a strong start to the game, particularly in the opening 20 minutes.

She highlighted the importance of controlling the game and not conceding goals.

Upcoming Matches

Banyana Banyana will face DR Congo on October 25th, playing away, followed by a home match at Orlando Stadium on October 31st. These matches are crucial in their pursuit of Olympic qualification.

About Janine van Wyk

Janine van Wyk, a co-owner of JVW Ladies FC, has represented Banyana in over 180 matches, showcasing her dedication and excellence in women’s football.

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