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With the Women’s World Cup debut appearance still fresh in her mind, and returning home with a Gold Medal from the most recent COSAFA Women’s Championship (although she picked up an injury against Malawi), Banyana Banyana Captain and JVW Founder Janine van Wyk has now embarked on a new journey, signing with UEFA Champions League bound, Fortuna Hjorring.

Van Wyk returned from a two-year stint with the Houston Dash at the end of 2018 and began preparations with the Senior Women’s National Team ahead of their historic appearance at the Women’s World Cup. To add to this memorable achievement, she also became the first Captain to qualify for and lead the team at this prestigious tournament, not forgetting that the defender also holds the record for the most appearances for her Country, both male or female.

Although van Wyk picked up an MCL Sprain during the COSAFA Cup, she is well on her way to recovery and flew into Denmark at the beginning of the week to finalise her contract with the team.


Fortuna Hjorring has had a good showing in past competitions, their biggest achievement in European football was reaching the 2002 – 03 UEFA Women’s Cup final where they lost 1–7 on aggregate to Umea IK. In the 2016/17 season they reached their best result since the final in 2003, when they made it to the quarter-finals which they lost on aggregate to Manchester City.

The Hjorring based team is heading into the Round of 32, and have been drawn against Vllaznia on the 11/12 and 25/26 September 2019 in home and away matches respectively.

Van Wyk’s commitment to Hjorring is a common concern between Fortuna and the Dana Cup Academy. Besides being an active National team player, she runs a soccer academy in Bedfordview. A JVW select team participated in the 2019 Dana Cup and in that connection a relationship was formed between Fortuna, Dana Cup and Janine van Wyk. The primary reason for the South African stalwart’s arrival to Hjorring is to be a player, however, the idea is to establish a collaboration with her academy and the Dana Cup. Besides playing on the field, Janine van Wyk and the Dana Cup Academy have built a relationship and look forward to work together in the near future and create benefits for both parties.

Van Wyk returned back to South Africa yesterday and will continue with her rehab before heading back to Denmark to start her new journey with the team.

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South Africa’s Senior Women’s National team as well as the U20 Women’s team will be taking part in the 2019 COSAFA Women’s Championships in Port Elizabeth from 31 July – 11 August.

Fresh from the world cup, Janine van Wyk and Mamello Makhabane have been called for duty. Makhabane, currently on 98 caps, will head into the tournament with hopes to reach her 100th cap for South Africa, should she make appearances in the tournament.

Midfielder Robyn Moodaly, has also been called up to Banyana Banyana after an absence in the national team since the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil. Moodaly will add a new dynamic into the fold since returning from USA collegiate football, and playing a major role in JVW’s first round Sasol league Campaign.

The South African Senior Women’s National Team has been drawn in a group with Malawi, Comoros and Madagascar.

Jessica Wade as well as Sarah Walker have been named to the U20 Women’s National team. Recently having come back from an international tournament in China, the team will be looking to put up a good performance in their first ever COSAFA tournament. They will face Zimbabwe, Namibia and Malawi in their group with the first matches kicking off on Thursday, 1 August 2019.

Banyana Banyana will be looking to continue their run in defending their title this year, whilst Bastesana will be working towards their first title. Both teams have arrived in Port Elizabeth ahead of the tournament.

Banyana Banyana Fixtures:

31/07/2019 South African vs Comoros 15:30

02/08/2019 South Africa vs Malawi 15:30

05/08/2019 South Africa vs Madagascar 12:45

08/08/2019 Semi Finals

10/08/2019 3rd/4th Playoff

11/08/2019 Finals


Basetsana Fixtures:

01/08/2019 South Africa vs Zimbabwe 14:00

03/08/2019 South Africa vs Namibia 14:00

05/08/2019 South Africa vs Mozambique 10:00

08/08/2019 Semi Finals

10/08/2019 3rd/4th Playoff

11/08/2019 Finals

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.


“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.”




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.


Our stand-out 2017 in Review

It was a remarkable year for JVW, with our club teams winning leagues, Schools league growing bigger and National Team Call ups. We take a look back to 2017 and share with you some of our Stand Out Moments:

1. ‘Vets’ win ELFA League.
The JVW Vets Team is made up of experienced players, with some having previously played in earlier editions of the SASOL League. This team went on to win the Eastern Local FA Ladies league in the 2016/17 season.

vets win


2. Seven Representatives attended a coaching course.
JVW coaches, managers and players attended the @SAFA_net D License course together with the @KNVB coaching course hosted by @SAFA_net , #RCLFA , @forwardzone and @worldcoaches

coaches course 2

3. JVW FC announce headline Sponsor.

http://Carfind.co.za showed a great amount of interest and believed in JVW’s vision which resulted in their full support of the development of women’s football and became the First ever Headline Sponsor of the club.


mitre spon


4. Janine van Wyk becomes first South African to play in the NWSL.
JVW founder, @Janinevanwyk5 signed for US-Based @HoustonDash and played in the National Women’s Soccer league in 2017 after a successful run in 2016

janine dash


5. JVW Juniors finish as Runners up in ELFA Cup Competition.
The JVW Junior team finished as runners up in the Eastern Local FA Ladies league Cup Competition in the 2016/17 season.

juniors runners


6. MITRE SA become Official Ball and Equipment sponsor of JVW FC.
JVW FC partnered with Mitre SA as their first official club ball and training equipment sponsor in 2017. #jvwfc

mitre spon


7. JVW host referee course.
Six JVW players attended their level 1 referee course hosted by Derek Hanson under the auspices of ELFA

ref course


8. JVW Seniors take home the double.
The Senior team won both the league and cup in the 2017 Ladies DSL league. #jvwfc

seniors win


9. JVW Project Manager receives award.
Lauren Duncan was awarded the Public Vote for Woman of the Year at the annual @gsport4girls Awards for her contribution to women’s football

lauren award


10. JVW Girls Football Development hosted the KZN Schools Select Teams.
A few months back the KZN Ladies Schools Select teams toured to Gauteng and were treated to a coaching clinic run by Former and Current Banyana Banyana and JVW Coaches as well as a two day tournament which took place at Benoni Northerns FC.

kzn team1


JVW featured in the Kick Off Mag The JVW Schools League program was in review in the September issue of the @KickOffMagazine – Thank you for highlighting our work

kickoff mag


12. Girls High School League a success. The JVW Girls school league hosted 3000 players in Gauteng, with 147 School teams participating between U15, U17 and Open age groups. The league was formed in 2012, with 12 school teams participating. Edenvale High wom both the U15 and Open Divisions, with Hoerskool Vorentoe High School winning the U17 League.

schools awards


13. 11 JVW FC players and @janinevanwyk5 selected to the @Safa_net National Teams in U17, U20 and Senior Team @banyana_banyana in 2017 respectively. Wade, Christedis, Nunes, Goncalves, Maponya, Motlhalo, Joss, Salgado Dlamini, Nyandeni, Tsawe.


A night with the School Stars.

The 2017 JVW Schools League Awards was held on the 10th of November at the Kempton Park Civic center. The night couldn’t have been completed without the presence of the Founder and Projector Manager of the JVW Girls Schools League Program; Janine van Wyk and Lauren Duncan.

Other guests of honour who were present on the special evening include, Banyana and JVW FC Midfielder Nompumelelo Nyandeni, Banyana and JVW FC Goalkeeper Yolula Tsawe, Basetsana and JVW midfielder Gabriela Salgado, Former JVW Stars and TUT Ladies Soccer Team Midfielder, Mmabatho Dire as well as JVW FC’s Headline Sponsor, Carfind.co.za representatives; Tara Turkington and Kevin van Deventer.

We would like to give special thanks to Lizah Rubisane and Ekurhuleni Sports and Recreation for continuing their support for the Programme and of course for their contribution towards the wonderful evening.

The JVW Schools League has now completed its 6th successful year, since its formation in 2012, with 147 teams currently participating and over 3000 girls actively playing competitive football at School. The League was formed to raise the standard of Girls football at School Level, with intentions of bridging the gap between club and school standards. Through the Schools League, Players have been identified for National Teams, as well as Sasol League and LFA Club Teams. Coaches and Referees also have opportunities to attend Coaching and Referee Courses to further their knowledge in the game.

The Award ceremony which is held a couple of weeks after the Playoffs, aims to spotlight top performers throughout the League for their hard work and efforts over the Season. Players, Sports Coordinators, Coaches, and League Referees share in the celebration of growing the sport together, with more and more schools interested in taking part each year.

Among the 600 invited guests, were proud parents, beaming coaches, supporters and officials who all played their part in making the League a success. The Overall winners of the League, the 21 Stream Winners as well as the Individual winners were awarded on the prestigious night.



1st – Edenvale High School

2nd – Rand Girls’ School

3rd – St Stithians College



1st – Hoerskool Vorentoe

2nd – Reddam House Bedfordview

3rd – Sandringham High School



1st – Edenvale High School

2nd – Mondeor High School

3rd – Parktown Girls


Joburg Stream 1:

U15 – Parktown Girls High School for Girls

U17 – Reddam House Bedfordview

Open – Parktown Girls High School for Girls

Joburg Stream 2:

U15 – Mondeor High School

Open – Waterstone College

Joburg Stream 3:

U15 – King David Victory Park

Open – Blue Hills College

Joburg Stream 4:

U15 – Edenvale High School

U17 – Queens High School

Open – Rand Girls’ School

Joburg U17 Stream:

Hoerskool Vorentoe

Ekurhuleni Stream 1:

U15 – Wordsworth High School

Open – Benoni High School

Ekurhuleni Stream 2:

U15 – Ashton International College

Open – Ashton International College

Pretoria Stream 1:

U15 – Deutsche Schule Pretoria

Open – Pretoria High School for Girls

Pretoria Stream 2:

Open: Cullinan Combined

3-Term Stream 1:

U15 – Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls

Open – Marist Brothers Linmeyer

3-Term Stream 2:

Open – St Stithians College



Sports Coordinator – Veronique de Bruin (Pretoria High School for Girls)

Coach of the Year – Daniel Pratten (Edenvale High School)

Aspiring player – Ayanda Mnyembane (Parktown Girls High)

Goalkeeper of the year – Jade Karp (Edenvale High School)

Player of the Year – Shakeerah Jacobs (Parktown High School for Girls)

JVW XI – 2017

Jade Karp – Edenvale High

Taylor Labuschagne – Ashton College International

Tyla Bree-Joss – Benoni High School

Lebogang Ntabeni – Rand Girls School

Palesa Mkhulisi – Blue Hills College

Jessica Wade – Waterstone College

Francesca Drobovolsky – Parktown High School for Girls

Shakeerah Jacobs – Parktown High School for Girls

Kirsten Nolan – St Stithians College

Thuwayba Smith – Hoerskool Vorentoe

Caitlin Heuer  – Edenvale High School

Nyandeni, Tsawe and Salgado called up to Banyana Banyana

Midfielder and JvW Captain Nompumelelo Nyandeni along with her teammates first choice keeper Yolula Tsawe and midfielder Gabriela Salgado have been called up the South African Senior Women’s National Team, Banyana Banyana, for a 5-day training camp. The trio will head to camp on Sunday following their Springs Home Sweepers encounter in the Gauteng Sasol League on Saturday in Kwa Thema.

The players will return to the team just a few days before they take on Top of the league contenders and 2016 Varsity Cup Champs, TUT PTA.

Van Wyk to leave South Africa to pursue her football career in the United States

As Janine leaves South Africa to pursue her football career in the United States, we look back at her successful career to date, and the mark she leaves behind in her quest to conquer her dreams.

Van Wyk started playing football at a very young age, and joined a boys club in Germiston. Coming from a football loving family, Van Wyk grew up on the soccer field together with her Uncle and cousins. When not at club training, Janine would be in the back yard practicing her skills and enjoying countless hours of football fun with her cousins. From then on, Van Wyk’s passion and love for the sport grew stronger each and every time she stepped onto the field, and gradually made her way to her first women’s team based in Kwa Thema, a township south-west of Springs on the East Rand.
Being involved in the sport and playing for almost 25 years, Van Wyk has become an impeccable ambassador of the Women’s Game and always put her Country first, after her debut call up to the National Team in 2005. Van Wyk always gives her best for her team, and has been an avid soldier for Banyana Banyana for the past 12 years.

Looking back at her successful career to date, we share with you some of her highlights:

  • Highest Capped Player in South Africa, and Highest Capped Female Player in CAF.
    Recording a total of 143 appearances (and still counting) for her Country, van Wyk has been a fighter for women’s football and is a true Ambassador of the Women’s game both on and off the field. Janine’s first appearance for the Senior Women’s National Team was in 2005 and against Nigeria, and played her 100th Match for Banyana Banyana on the 10 August 2014 against Namibia. Van Wyk is currently the highest capped player in South Africa (Male or Female) and Highest capped female player in Africa.

Janine van Wyk 100 caps

  • Scored the winning goal in SA’s first ever Victory over Nigeria
    Another High in Van Wyk’s career was her jaw dropping goal against African Giants, Nigeria Super Falcons in the 2012 AWC, which secured their place in the Final against hosts Equatorial Guinea. Van Wyk managed to add her name to the history books as the lone Goal scorer in Banyana Banyana’s first every victory over the West African Team.

Janine Celebration

  • Two Time Olympian
    Van Wyk together with the Senior Womens National Team qualified for two consecutive Olympic Games, London 2012 and Rio 2016 and featured in all 6 matches. Janine captained her team at the 2016 Rio Olympic’s and although they did not progress out the Group stages, the team have salvaged the experience they gained from the major tournaments. Following a tremendous performance in the Rio Olympics as well as the International Friendlies ahead of the Games, Van Wyk was scouted by a NWSL Team for the 2017 Season.

Janine Rio

  • Formed a Development Program for Girls
    Whilst focusing on her own illustrious career, Van Wyk decided it was time to give back and give other young aspiring girls opportunity to play football at higher levels. Van Wyk started a Girls School League in 2012 as well as a Club structure the following year, and continues to inspire more girls to live their dreams.
    The Schools League is run in Gauteng and hosts more than 2300 players, who now have the opportunity to play football in a competitive and structured environment where they can also showcase their skills for a possible club move.
    The Football Club has also grown in leaps and bounds with the First Team overcoming the group of death to go on and win the Gauteng Leg of the Sasol League for the first time, and finishing as Runners Up in their debut appearance at the 2016 National Championships. The Football Club also caters for Girls from as young as 9 years old, affording them the opportunity to play football at a higher level.

JVW FC First Team

And a few more:

  •  SAFA Womens Player of the Year 2010
  • COSAFA Cup Player of the Tournament 2011
  • Ekurhuleni Sportswoman of the Year 2011
  • Sasol League National Champions with Club, Palace Super Falcons 2011
  • Appointed Captain of Banyana Banyana in 2013
  • Gauteng Sports Personality of the Year 2015
  • SA Sports Excellence Award
  • CAF B Qualified Coach
  • GSPORT4GIRLS Special Recognition Award
  • Named in Womens AFCON Best XI 2016
  • CAF Sportswoman of the Year 2016 Nominee
  • Won the 2016 Gauteng Sasol League with former club, JVW FC


Whats Next for Van Wyk?

JVW now leaves our shores to pursue the next item on her football bucket list. Being scouted and signed by one of the Top womens football teams in the U.S, Houston Dash, van Wyk will travel to Texas in March and will join her team for Preseason.
Van Wyk is far from finished. Even though most of her boxes have been checked, there is still a missing piece in her puzzle – Participating in a World Cup. With all eyes on France WWC 2019, van Wyk will continue to work hard to make sure that she is a possible candidate for the Women’s World Cup Qualifications.


Janine van Wyk inspires us to achieve what would normally seem impossible, and leaves the following message for all aspiring athletes: “Never give up on your dreams, even if it may seem impossible! Believe in yourself and your abilities! With hard work and determination, there will come a time where you will experience success!”

Van Wyk signs a deal with Houston Dash

Van Wyk has signed a deal with Houston Dash, pending approval of her visa and an international transfer certificate, following her displays with the South African National team.

After an outstanding year, both with Banyana Banyana and her club JVW FC, the Skipper’s tremendous efforts and die-hard attitude have sealed her a deal in the NWSL, the Women’s Professional Soccer League in the USA, with Houston Dash. Recently returning from the AWCON in Cameroon, where the Senior National Team finished in fourth position, and the Sasol League National Champs with her club team which saw them finish in second place behind Bloemfontein Celtic after their 1 – 0 loss, Van Wyk can look back at a fantastic 2016 and be proud of her achievements. To add to her successes, Van Wyk has also been nominated as one of the five finalists for the 2016 CAF African Women’s Player of the Year award.

Janine van Wk

Van Wyk, 29, is the first South African player to sign with the Dash. She has made 142 appearances with the South African Women’s National team, Banyana Banyana, since her debut in 2005. Since her national team debut, Van Wyk has played in two Olympic tournaments in 2012 and 2016, and helped her team finish second in both the 2008 and 2012 Africa Women Cup of Nations. Van Wyk also assisted her team with a goal against Nigeria, which went down in the History books as Banyana Banyana’s first ever victory over the Super Falcons.

“I’m very excited that Janine will join the Dash in 2017. She was recently named as one of the four finalists for the African Footballer of the Year Award – that is the quality she brings to the team,” head coach Randy Waldrum said in the team’s press release.

“Janine also brings a wealth of international experience to the club. I felt we had to address our central defending positions this offseason and add more experience and leadership, Janine certainly fills that need,” Waldrum said

Van Wyk will leave South African soil in the new year to pursue her career in the United States.