Janine van Wyk still chasing most-capped African footballer record

  • By Kate Nokwe

  • 20th November 2023

Janine van Wyk still chasing most-capped African footballer record

Banyana Banyana stalwart Janine van Wyk has not given up hope of breaking the long-standing African appearance record.

Van Wyk, who has 183 caps for South Africa, is just two away from being the continent's most-capped player – male or female, and surpassing Egyptian star Ahmed Hassan’s 184.

The defender was called up for Banyana's two-legged Olympic qualifier against DR Congo in November, but received no minutes in the draw in Kinshasa and departed the camp before the second match in Soweto.

Despite announcing her international retirement earlier this year, the 36-year-old is now availing herself for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers to try and achieve her long-standing ambition.

"Hopefully I get another opportunity against Burkina Faso before I actually hang my boots, so that's for the coach [Desiree Ellis] to make a decision on what she's going to be doing," said van Wyk.

"And, again, it's not only for myself but for a female footballer to grab hold of that record and inspire young female footballers in our country and all around Africa as well. So, hopefully we do happen to break that record."

Van Wyk has seemingly put that debacle in DR Congo past her, as she confirmed to SABC Sport there are ongoing conversations regarding her final two caps. 

"Yes, I've been in contact with the [South African Football] Association and just waiting for the coach to make a decision on her squad selection," she noted.

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