South Africa captain Janine van Wyk has expressed readiness for the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League season, after putting pen to paper for Houston Dash, pending receipt of her P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate, declaring that orange is her new favourite colour.
ORANGE is my new favorite color ?
Thanks you for all the amazing support and messages from across the world ❤⚽ pic.twitter.com/JcKTiEcImV
— Janine Van Wyk (@Janinevanwyk5) December 22, 2016
The move has capped off what has been an outstanding year for the 29-year-old, who recently inspired Banyana Banyana to fourth position at this year’s Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. After which, as player-coach, she led her club JVW FC, to second place on their debut appearance at the Sasol League National Championships.
And as testament of her achievements in the outgoing year, Van Wyk is also one of five nominees for the 2016 CAF African Women’s Player of the Year award.
Few hours after the transfer to the USA was confirmed, the Central Defender tweeted: “I am SUPER excited for my move to Houston Dash. The support so far has been OVERWHELMING. SO READY for the 2017 NWSL season.”
— Janine Van Wyk (@Janinevanwyk5) December 21, 2016
Van Wyk, who is the first South African player to sign for Dash, has 142 appearances with South African Women’s National team. The defender has appeared in two Olympic Games (2012, 2016) and was a member of the national teams that finished second in the 2008 and 2012 Africa Women Cup of Nations.
“I’m very excited that Janine will join the Dash in 2017,” head coach Randy Waldrum said.
“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.
“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.”