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Banyana skipper Van Wyk willing her team on ahead of Cosafa opener against Lesotho

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Van Wyk wished her teammates well despite not being selected in the 2017 Cosafa Women's Championship.

South Africa skipper Janine van Wyk will be rooting fer her girls during their Cosafa Womens Championship campaign. Picture: BackpagePix

Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk has sent good luck wishes to her teammates in the national team ahead of the upcoming 2017 Cosafa Women’s Championship that started yesterday and runs through till September 24 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Banyana has been drawn in Group C alongside Lesotho, Namibia and Botswana. They play Lesotho today in a game starting at 4.30pm.

Van Wyk, who was not selected because the tournament does not fall under the Fifa Calendar date, said she was confident the players will do well.

“I would like to wish the team all the best for the upcoming Cosafa Cup tournament. I trust that the team is ready to compete to the best of their ability.

“The majority of the players have experienced playing at this level in a tournament and I am positive that they would share it with the new faces on the team,” said Van Wyk from Houston, Texas in the USA.

“It’s hard for me not to be part of this journey with my teammates, especially as the leader of the side, but I believe that there are other players that will lead the team in the right direction and hopefully all the way to the finals,” added Van Wyk.

“I just want to say good luck to the entire team, including the technical team and the support staff. And to the players, I would like to remind them that they are out there representing our country and carrying the dreams of many girls out there that wish to be in their shoes. Go fly our flag high ladies, I will be cheering you on every step of the way.”

Banyana vice-captain, Refiloe Jane, will lead the team in the absence of Van Wyk.

After playing Lesotho today at the Luveve Stadium Banyana will face Namibia tomorrow and come up against Botswana two days later on Sunday.

African News Agency