Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk yesterday reached a new milestone as she made her 150th international appearance in her side's 6-0 thrashing of Malawi at the ongoing 2018 Cosafa Women’s Championship in Port Elizabeth.
Van Wyk, who became South Africa's second centurion after Bafana Bafana's Aaron Mokoena, went on to surpass Mokoena's record and became the most capped South African footballer in both men’s and women’s football.
She also becomes the most capped African women footballer.
Yesss what a TEAM performance today!! Thank you to everyone who made my 150th appearance an unforgettable one! I will continue to serve my Country with passion & Pride!!! Now to focus on the Semi Finals on Thursday! — Janine Van Wyk (@Janinevanwyk5) September 17, 2018
“It’s obviously a huge honour for me to come this far. I honestly never thought I’d come this far because you never know what would happen along the way," she said after the game.
"Football is a really short-term career and anything could have happened with major injuries and so on and I think I have been blessed that I have not had any major injuries.
“It’s just been commitment, dedication and most of all the passion for the game that got me this far.
"Yes, there’s been ups and downs, but those failures I had along the way motivated me to carry on to get the best out of myself.
"I'm really proud of myself to get here with the people that I've been so supportive in my career and all the coaches that I have worked with."
The 31-year-old made her international debut in 2005 and has been a regular feature in the national team since then.
She will most likely add to her caps tally with Banyana kicking-off what will be a massive 12 months with qualification for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on the line.