Bayana skipper Janine van Wyk  and coach Desiree Ellis are looking forward to play world number 11 Sweden in Cape Town this week. Photo: Phandulwazi Jikelo/ANA
Bayana skipper Janine van Wyk and coach Desiree Ellis are looking forward to play world number 11 Sweden in Cape Town this week. Photo: Phandulwazi Jikelo/ANA
Caretaker Banyana coach Desiree Ellis. Photo: Phandulwazi Jikelo/ANA
Caretaker Banyana coach Desiree Ellis. Photo: Phandulwazi Jikelo/ANA

CAPE TOWN – Accolades are important in tracking and measuring improvement, but it also places a football team squarely in the spotlight. 

They are no longer an unknown entity – instead they are now in the focus of other nations as the team to beat.

Banyana Banyana’s recent success in the Cosafa Cup and their award as the African women’s team of the year has had the requisite effect of elevating the SA national team into international recognition. 

And it was this particular aspect highlighted by Banyana captain Janine van Wyk when revealing her thoughts about Sunday’s international friendly against Sweden at the Cape Town Stadium (kick off 2pm).

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Sunday’s international friendly between South Africa and Sweden will be played at the Cape Town Stadium (kick off 2pm). Photo: Phandulwazi Jikelo/IOL Sport

This is the first time Banyana are playing such a high profile friendly in the Mother City.

“I am really looking forward to the match,” said Van Wyk at a press conference at the former World Cup venue on Monday. It will be the second time I play against Sweden. They are tough opponents, they are world class, and it is an honour to have them here.

“It shows that Banyana are a good team, otherwise world class teams like Swden wouldn’t come here to prepare.

“For us, this is part of the preparation for the women’s Africa Cup of Nations, with the ultimate aim of qualifying for the 2019 World Cup.”



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