Banyana Banyana captain Janine Van Wyk has signed for USA side Houston Dash who plays in the National Women’s Soccer League.
The 29-year-old now joins a list of other Banyana Banyana players plying their trade in America, including the likes of Jermaine Seoposenwe, Robyn Moodaly, Kelso Peskin and Kaylin Swart.
The Banyana Banyana captain has now become the first South African to join the USA club and becomes their second signing of the season as they prepare for 2017.
Van Wyk says she is expected to join her new side in March on a two year contract and she believes that it is the perfect moment in her career to join the USA side.
‘It’s an opportunity I have been dreaming of and working hard for throughout my career. It has certainly come at the perfect moment. I know I will go there with tons of experience, which gives me the confidence to know I will fit in well with this team,’ Van Wyk told SAFA.net.
‘They were in need of a central defender with leadership qualities and I guess I fit the bill, and that’s one of my strengths as a player,” said an excited Van Wyk.
‘I am looking forward to go and represent not only South Africa but the whole of Africa with pride. It’s time people out there notice how good and talented African footballers really are. I want to thank everyone who has contributed to my success – coaches, teammates, friends and family for pushing me beyond my limits and believing in the athlete I am. I will go out there and shine for you.’
Image: SAFA website
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