Janine Van Wyk bids farewell to a remarkable journey in football

As the final whistle blows on an acclaimed career, Sasol is proud to pay tribute to Janine Van Wyk, a true icon of African football and an inspiration to aspiring athletes around the world. After an incredible journey spanning two decades, Janine has decided to hang up her boots, leaving behind a legacy that will be celebrated for years to come.

Janine’s contribution to the beautiful game extends far beyond the pitch. As the most capped player in Africa, male and female with 185 caps, she has not only marked her name into the record books, but has also become a symbol of resilience, leadership, and passion for the sport. Her retirement marks the end of an era, but it also opens a new chapter where her impact and influence will continue to shape the future of women’s football.

Janine’s international career with Banyana Banyana has been a remarkable one. With over 170 caps to her name at the time, she led the Banyana Banyana team to their first-ever FIFA World Cup in 2019 and was recently part of the team to qualify for the Women’s African Cup of Nations which they will be defending in 2024.

“On behalf of Sasol, we want to congratulate Janine for reaching this milestone. The number of caps that she has received, is more than any other footballer in Africa.” Said Sasol Senior Manager Group Brand and Sponsorship, Nozipho Mbatha. “We want to also thank her for her dedication, her contribution, and most importantly her leadership in the development of women’s football. We say that may those who come after her build on the footsteps of what she has already built, and we look forward to seeing what else she has to contribute off the field towards the growth of South African women’s football”. Concluded Mbatha

Although her retirement marks the end of an era, Janine’s impact will endure, leaving a legacy on the sport she loves. She has been an advocate for women’s sports and gender equality on and off the pitch, working and creating opportunities for young girls to pursue their passion for football and challenge stereotypes that limit the potential of female athletes.

Janine has left an indelible mark on the sport and our hearts. May this next chapter of her life be filled with joy and fulfillment.