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OLYMPIC CHAMPION CASTER SEMENYA JOINS JVW FC

Multiple Gold Medallist and 800m and 1500m World Champion, Caster Semenya, has joined Gauteng-based JVW Football Club, owned by Banyana Banyana Captain, Janine van Wyk.

Semenya, has set a new challenge for herself in her already-illustrious career by taking to the football field.

The renowned 28-year-old South African athlete has always had a love for football. During her youth years, Semenya played soccer at school and trained everyday, so it is no shock that she has finally set her sights on playing competitive football.

Although the South African running sensation will not be registered for the 2019 SAFA Sasol League, the league in which JVW plays, due to the transfer window being closed for the 2019 season, she will continue to train with the team in preparation for a 2020 debut. JVW FC is currently sitting second on the Gauteng Sasol Log, 2 points (with 3 games in hand) behind leaders, Croesus Ladies with ambitions to qualify for playoffs and a chance to feature in the National League.

Semenya joins a number of other high profile International Stars who are registered for JVW, the likes of Nompumelelo Nyandeni, Mamello Makhabane, and Amanda Dlamini (former Banyana Banyana Captain). It is a perfect fit for both the club and Semenya, where shared knowledge and guidance will add value in the growth of the club, as well as Semenya’s football abilities.

Janine van Wyk who recently made a move from JVW, signing with Danish club Fortuna Hjorring, is delighted that Caster has joined her club, and is excited for the near future when Semenya eventually takes the field in an official match: “I am extremely elated to have such an iconic athlete join my football club. I am absolutely honoured that out of all the other women’s clubs around the world, she has chosen JVW as the club where she would like to start showcasing her football skills. I welcomed her at her first training with the team on Tuesday, and was impressed to see that she definitely has all the fundamentals. I look forward to her working with Coach Ciara and our First Team where I am sure she will sharpen up and get ready to play in 2020. Although I won’t be here for the rest of the year, as I have  just signed with Fortuna Hjorring, I have no doubt that Caster will fit right in, and enjoy her time at the club.

When asked about her new challenge, Semenya responded: “I am grateful for this opportunity and I appreciate the love and support I already get from the team. I am looking forward to this new journey, and hopefully I can contribute as much as I can to the club.

Caster Semenya JVW Group

The JVW FC First Team has 11 matches left in the Sasol League, and is sitting in a comfortable position to finish on top. The 2019 Sasol league Playoffs will be held in Gauteng, where the two teams that reach the finals will secure a place in the 2020 Safa National League

Amanda Dlamini announces retirement from International Football

Courtesy of www.safa.net

9 January 2018 – Former captain of the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana, Amanda Dlamini has retired from the South African Senior Women’s National Team after an illustrative career spanning 105 caps.

After not playing for Banyana Banyana for about a year, Dlamini who was captain of the squad at the 2012 Olympic Games in London said she has now decided to move on and give the upcoming generation a chance.

Dlamini was also part of the team that represented South Africa at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

She says she will not be lost to football, especially women’s football and will continue playing for Sasol League side JVW FC. Dlamini also works as a football analyst on television.

HERE IS THE FULL STATEMENT FROM AMANDA DLAMNI:

“My time away from the national team has afforded me sometime to pray and do a bit of self-introspection about my future. After spending a year out of the national team, it has taken a lot for me to bounce back. I have always respected the coaches reasons and thought process in her selection criteria. I last competed at international level during the 2016 Rio Olympics and it is time for me to move on.

Today marks a new journey for me as I retire from the national team-Banyana Banyana. I may be closing the chapter on the national team but I will still play domestic football and participate in football in other aspects. It is time for me to pursue my other passions and open room for new and younger talent to represent South Africa.

It has always been my dream to reach this mark of exiting the national team with many good memories. I still would have loved to reach the World Cup and win a gold medal on the African continent conquering the AWC. It is time to pass on the baton to the younger generation who have proven themselves capable and eager to represent South Africa with pride.

I am truly grateful for all the opportunities that SAFA has afforded me and to Sasol for their continued support for women’s football. I have played alongside legends such as Portia Modise, Veronica Phewa and Nompumelelo Nyandeni. Football has given me an opportunity not only to play football but also to also pursue my studies and travel the world. My journey has allowed me to lead the national team to their first historical Olympic Games and now I say goodbye to the Banyana Banyana with 105 Caps to my name.

I am proud of what I have achieved while I was in the national team, but all of this would not have been possible without my supporters, sponsors, family and friends. Thank you for always believing in the dreams of a young girl from the dusty streets of Harding. Many of you have sacrificed so much to allow me to be a reflection of possibility by working with me to help me achieve my dreams.

As a former senior member of the team, I will continue to support female footballers in South Africa and continue to advocate for women’s football. I look forward to exploring other career avenues in football and I will continue to work on the Amanda Dlamini Girls Foundation, which was inspired by my journey in the national team. This is not goodbye from football it is merely ending a chapter in my journey.”

ENDS.

DLAMINI FACT FILE:

FULL NAME: AMANDA SINEGUGU DLAMINI

Born: 22 July 1988 (age 29)
Height: 1.62 m
Weight: 61 kg
Position: Midfielder
  • Dlamini was born in Harding in KwaZulu Natal
  • She started playing soccer in 1999 for a boys team, Young Callies
  • At a club level, Dlamini has played for Durban Ladies and the University of Johannesburg, and now plays for JVW FC.
  • In 2016 Won the Gauteng Sasol league, with JVW FC and finished as runners up at National Champs
  • She made her debut for the senior national team in 2007 in a 5-0 loss to Nigeria in an Olympic qualifier
  • She scored her first international goal against Netherlands
  • She was the top goalscorer of the 2008 Sasol Women’s League
  • She was part of the squads that won bronze and silver medals at the 2010 African Women’s Championship and 2012 African Women’s Championship
  • At the 2010 championships, she was named Most Valuable Player
  • She was captain of the national team between 2011 and 2013
  • She became the fifth female football player to win 100 caps for South Africa following a friendly match against the United States in July 2016, following Janine van Wyk, Nompumelelo Nyandeni, Portia Modise and Noko Matlou
  • Prior to the game, she said it has always been a dream of mine to play for the national team, I have never wanted to do anything else but play football. I am what I am today because of the game. I have given so much to the game and to see myself so close to the 100 caps makes me very emotional. 
  • In 2012, she founded the Amanda Dlamini Girls Foundation aiming to provide basic help to girls in rural areas.

 

Looking back at the Prestigious Gsport Awards

26 Aug 2017 – Another night on the calendar for some but for women in sport, this date marks the most prestigious award ceremony of the year – The Gsport Awards!

The coming together of powerful women to recognize each other for their achievements in their various sporting roles.

 

All dressed up and ready to go we descended onto Melrose Arch, The Venue, to be specific.

Upon arrival we were greeted by the event staff for registration before hitting the Red Carpet.

With the awards having grown and gaining recognition themselves the evening was to be broadcast on SABC2 and covered by various print and online media too. You can imagine then that the Red Carpet was abuzz with live tv cameras, interviews and flash photography. Many a Woman’s Dream, yes even us sporty woman too, feeling fabulous, receiving all the fuss and celebration of arrival.

 

Once inside, the caliber of woman sharing the evening was awe inspiring. From sporting stalwarts to seasoned professionals to the up and coming younger generation.

Our (JvW) two nominees for the evening were Lauren Duncan for Woman of the Year and Amanda Dlamini for Style Star of the Year.

All seated, the evening was handed over to the SABC producers and away we went on a trip opened by the ever welcoming, event principal Kass Naidoo. It was evident from that first welcoming as to how far we as women have come in sport over the time of Gsport awards. Mention was made of the ever increasing number of women involved in and achieving in sport, this was also easily seen in the number of honored guests nominated and attending.

 

In the Woman of the Year category JVW Project Manager and SA Womens National Team Manager,  Lauren Duncan was nominated alongside Michelle Joubert and Mpho Mokhoba, two hard working women of hockey and tennis respectively.

When Mpho was named woman of the year the crowd went wild and cheered, not only respected by those in her own sporting code but across codes and with grace in her acceptance speech she acknowledge her fellow nominees for their tireless efforts in women’s sport.

A few moments later we came to Style Star of the year. Here, JVW and Banyana Banyana Midfielder, not forgetting Supersport Analyst, Amanda Dlamini was nominated alongside dirt bike rider Dyna Nienaber and Tv host and journalist Vaylen Kirtley.

Amanda having received the most votes won her category, however, received her award in abstensia due to work commitments.

Amanda Dlamini

Upon receiving the award, Amanda had the following to share:

What do you think of the Style star award …

A. The style star award seems to be an underestimated award but it speaks volumes. It’s about respecting your craft and looking the part.

Where does your dress sense and passion for your work come from..?

A. I think I took after my mom. She loves looking the part and was very passionate about her job but of course I love looking good and feeling comfortable. But this award has reaffirmed that comfort is the best label on your body and that working hard is an inspiration to others.

 

We thought after the Style Star award the evening was over for our two awesome ladies but then the People’s Choice was announced and to her own surprise Lauren was nominated and crowned winner in this category. Fittingly the award was handed over by none other than the people’s champ Caroline Wöstman, a woman who similarly to Lauren, is a mum, a partner and a phenom in her sporting code.

On receiving the people’s choice award Lauren paid tribute to all those involved in the upliftment and recognition of women in sport, a reminder that together everyone achieves more. The essence of a team and the essence of the powerful women in sport.

What an amazing experience to share with my colleagues. You ladies are both deserved winners and great examples to women around the country.

 

A big thanks to Kass and Ryk for always endeavoring to uplift South African women and of course to the sponsors involved in the event. May your kind contributions continue over the next 365 days and beyond.

 

– Ciara Picco, JVW First Coach