League of her own: Banyana’s Janine van Wyk on Glasgow and beyond
We ask her about her stint at the Scottish giants and her future in the game – and, of course, the biting cold
Last month Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk signed one of her biggest and most unexpected contracts with Scottish giants Glasgow City FC, joining a number of national squad players who have been recruited by overseas clubs in recent months. Here, the most capped Banyana player (70, with 11 goals) talks about the move to Glasgow and about her future in the game she’s so passionate about.
Tell me more about the move to Glasgow City, at 33; how did it come about? Did you expect it?
The move was definitely not planned but it came about when I realised that football in SA had come to a standstill at the moment due to the [coronavirus] pandemic. And because I’m not getting any younger I need to continue to play and make the most of my time in my career so far. So I decided to come over to Glasgow as it happened that they needed a defender and I was at the time looking for a club in Europe to represent. It all worked well after my injury [late 2019] when things didn’t work out [with Fortuna Hjorring] in Denmark. When I returned to SA I really thought I wouldn’t be able to find another team abroad, but only because I wanted to stay in SA and play in the national women’s league. But things changed when the pandemic happened in SA and your future kind of takes a different path, which is why I’m currently in Scotland with Glasgow and ready to play football again, which I’m excited about...