Tag: Mamello Makhabane


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

JVW kick off 2017 Sasol League campaign against VUT

The 2017 edition of the Womens Sasol League in Gauteng is just 2 days from kick off, and teams will have had to finalise their teams for the Season. This year and after the changes, the GP League will be run as a Home and Away League with all 16 teams battling it out for maximum points in one stream.

JVW will be entering the new year beaming with confidence after a successful 2016 Season where the team finished in second position at National Champs, after being crowned Champions of Gauteng. Surviving the ‘Stream of Death’ and making it all the way to the Sasol League National Finals against Bloemfontein Celtic, the team defied the odds and proved that through sheer determination and hard work, results will follow.

Going in with a slightly different approach than last year, along with a few new signings, Nicole Irwin (Luso Africa), Antonia Maponya (TUKS FC), Cailin Whyte (JVW DEV / Univ of Jhb), and having to find a strong Centre Back replacement for Captain Janine van Wyk who recently signed with NWSL Team, Houston Dash (U.S.A), JVW have been spending time perfecting their play going forward to create and finish more scoring opportunities.

“All player’s are back at full training and are slowly working on full Match fitness as we missed out many training sessions due to flash flooding experienced a couple weeks back. Despite that minor setback the team is working full force to retain their league title and get maximum points from every game. The only player who is not yet back from injury is Mamello, but we are certain that her rehab is coming to an end whereafter she will join the team” said Club Chairperson, Lauren Duncan.

Sasol League Player of the Tournament, Mamello Makhabane suffered a Grade 2 Hamstring strain in the National Champs final in December, shortly after the end of an action packed year with the National Team. Makhabane together with Banyana Banyana participated in the Rio Olympics, as well as the AWCON, which ended just a few days before the start of the Championships, where they then flew direct from Cameroon to Mossel Bay.

“We are happy with the progress Mamello has shown with her rehabilitation and look forward to having her back once she is fully recovered, but for now we look forward to the upcoming matches on the weekend and how the league will play out this year” added Lauren Duncan.

After four Pre Season matches under their belt, JVW are now ready to head into the league and will be looking to retain their title.

JVW will host Vaal University of Technology in their first match of the Season this Sunday at 12:00pm at Bedfordview Country Club.


Upcoming Fixtures:

Sunday 2 April

JVW FC vs VUT                                   12:00                    Bedfordview Country Club

Sunday 9 April

JVW FC vs Hallelujah Z.Force       12:00                     Bedfordview Country Club

Saturday 15 April

Servol FC vs JVW                              15:00                     Ernedale Stadium

Monday 17 April

JVW FC vs Mamelodi Sundowns   16:00                     Makhulong Stadium

JvW’s Journey to the Final

After coming out of a difficult stream in Gauteng, JvW had a successful season off the back of determination and desire that resulted in many victories that were merely dreams four years ago. The Sasol Team topped their stream and went on to be crowned Gauteng Champions which set them on their road to Sasol League National Championships.


The 3 week journey required much discipline from all parties as Banyana Banyana prepared for the AWC with the squad having to train without many key players. Regardless of the disconnected team, the desire to succeed on a national level was instilled throughout every player and so the successful intensity was maintained towards Play-offs.

The team began their first ever playoffs with a highly anticipated match against Western Cape Champions, UWC. Back and forth scoring and many aggressive tackles highlighted the strong contention between the teams but also resulted in many JvW casualties. However, with the score locked at 2-2, Gabriela Salgado found the back of the net for the second time to secure the win for JvW.  Final score: JvW 3-2 UWC. Goal scorers: Linda Motlhalo (pen.), Salgado (2).

The second match would be the group deciding match as Durban Ladies also had their sights set on the top position. Windy conditions and determined opponents made for a tough contest but JvW managed to break Durban Ladies attacking momentum as Amanda Dlamini charged down the line to set up a clean 1st touch finish for Indira Albuquerque.  Final score JvW 1-0 Durban Ladies.


JvW clenched 1st place in what was widely deemed the group of death. They were drawn to face Coal City Wizards of Mpumalanga in the semi-finals who qualified as the best placed second team. An injury stricken team managed to defy the odds stacked against them and sealed a 1-0 win through a penalty, comfortably converted by Mamello Makhabane.

In the Gauteng-based team’s debut appearance at the National Champs, JvW secured their place in the final and were set to face Free State Champions, Bloemfontein Celtic.  Without the services of Motlhalo who left the morning before the final match for National Duty as well as more than half the team housing injures, JvW were determined to go out and give their very best despite uncontrollable circumstances. Although it was a closely-fought contest, a build-up of momentum for Celtics going forward, and a small lapse in concentration from the JvW defence, lead to Emily Moholoholo scoring the only goal of the game in the 69th minute.


Despite the loss, JvW walked away proudly with silver medals around their necks and smiles on their faces. The journey to the final was a challenging one to say the least, but JvW showed their resilience and formed a unity that stretches further than any victory could. Additionally, their star midfielder, Makhabane won the Player of the Tournament award and was voted the Player’s Player of the Tournament while Yolula Tsawe was deservedly awarded Goalkeeper of the Tournament.  Other accolades included Albuquerque and Motlhalo winning Diski Queen (Player of the Match) against Durban Ladies and Coal City Wizards respectively.

– Written by Erin Herz