Van Wyk pos­i­tive they will qual­ify

Sowetan - - Sport - By Sihle Nde­bele

Ranked fourth on the con­ti­nent, Banyana Banyana are un­doubt­edly one of the pow­er­houses of African women’s foot­ball but mak­ing their maiden Fifa World Cup ap­pear­ance re­mains elu­sive.

It is be­cause of this that Banyana cap­tain Ja­nine van Wyk, 31, em­pha­sised the sig­nif­i­cance of ex­celling at the African Women’s Cup of Na­tions, to be hosted by Ghana from Novem­ber 17 to De­cem­ber 1.

“It’s an emo­tional tour­na­ment be­cause for some of us it might be our last op­por­tu­nity to play at the World Cup. I strongly be­lieve that this is the team that will take us to the our first World Cup,” said Van Wyk at the fi­nal squad an­nounce­ment event at Safa House yes­ter­day.

“We have a num­ber of play­ers who have been in the squad for so long, play­ers with over 100 caps. It’s im­por­tant that we ex­e­cute our game plan and de­liver to make sure we go to the World Cup in France,” noted Van Wyk who has over 150 Banyana caps.

Only a top-three fin­ish in Ghana would see coach De­siree El­lis’s troops book their maiden World Cup ticket. Banyana are in Group B along­side de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Nige­ria, Zam­bia and Kenya. They be­gin their cam­paign against the Su­per Fal­cons on Novem­ber 18.

Apart from play­ing to make the na­tion proud, play­ers have been promised bumper bonuses by the team’s main spon­sor Sa­sol.

For just par­tic­i­pat­ing, the 21 play­ers will share R840 000. Win­ning the tour­na­ment would see each player pocket R120 000, while fin­ish­ing as

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