Banyana captain’s dream takes hard knock

2013-06-30 14:00

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Barely two months since Banyana Banyana skipper Janine van Wyk announced her acquisition of a Sasol League franchise from Mondeor Sports Club, the team has collapsed.

This week, she revealed there has been a fallout between the parties concerned, which has led to her pulling out with her players.

“It is because of people like Mondeor Sports Club boss Ilze Gibbs that the development of women’s football will be derailed,” said an angry Van Wyk.

“Initially, we had agreed on everything, but she started contesting the JVW name and from there she let everything drop.”

Van Wyk said Gibbs was using her and kept on avoiding and delaying signing the contract, hoping to dump Van Wyk and her players when the July transfer window opens.

Gibbs, through a statement emailed to City Press, rubbished Van Wyk’s claim, saying: “No discussions of sale were entered into between Janine van Wyk and Mondeor Meteors Sport Club, nor was any alleged newly formed Club with the name of Mondeor-JVW formed.”

But the Mondeor Meteors Sport Club chairperson did confirm that the team “Mondeor Meteors” was in hot water for failing to honour three Sasol League fixtures, but maintained Van Wyk was just a player in the team and nothing more.

On the contrary, said Van Wyk, it was evident that Gibbs gave the team to her as she did not have players and wanted to capitalise on Van Wyk’s already existing, structured team from the JVW Girls School Soccer League.

The Mondeor-JVW club, which Van Wyk says no longer exists, failed to honour three Sasol League matches when Van Wyk pulled out.

This move, according to communications head Dominic Chimhavi, led to intervention by the South African Football Association’s legal department.

“The team in question failed to honour three league fixtures and the matter is being handled by our legal team,” said Chimhavi. He added the legal team would conclude its work and put the matter to rest no later than yesterday.

But the seasoned Banyana campaigner was unfazed by the sudden end of her Sasol League team, saying: “My girls and I are going to start at the bottom in the Absa League and work our way up.”

As far as her play is concerned, she said many Sasol League outfits had shown interest, and she promised to decide soon which one to join.

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