Hollywoodbets Super League side JVW FC is reaping the rewards of their good start to the 2022 season.
Placed second on the log standings, the Bedfordview-based outfit has six members of the club in the two Banyana Banyana camps currently on the go in Johannesburg and Gqeberha.
Former South African Senior Women’s National Team captain and defender, Simphiwe Dludlu, is in charge of the squad that will participate in the 2022 Hollywoodbets COSAFA Women’s Championship that will be held in the Eastern Cape from 31 August to 11 September, while three-time and reigning CAF Women’s Coach of the Year, Desiree will lead her charges in two international friendlies against Brazil.
Dludlu has called up two Blue Diamonds defenders, Erin Herz and Cimone Sauls and added goalkeeper coach Thokozile Mndaweni to the mix – the latter a former Banyana Banyana stalwart.
Both Herz and Sauls will be hoping for their first caps in the senior women’s national team.
“This is very special for us as this can only mean progress for JVW. Erin is a product of the school’s league and seeing her progress this far can only mean we are doing something right – we have monitored her development and now look how far she has come,”
JVW FC defenders Erin and Cimone have been the backbone
“Both Erin and Cimone have been the backbone of our recent success in the Hollywoodbets Super League, to achieve anything at a high level takes an exceptional amount of sacrifice. Their outstanding continuous hard work and dedication to their club and the sport is an example to all the young and ambitious players at JVW, what amazing role models they are.
We are extremely proud of the pair, along with our goalkeeper coach Teakay Mndaweni. We wish the entire team nothing but the best in the tournament.” said JVW Head Coach Mitch Stevens.
In addition, Ellis has also called up three other Blue Diamonds players for national team duty. Defender Janine van Wyk, midfielder Robyn Moodaly and goalkeeper Kaylin Swart are in the squad of 23 players that will face Brazil on Friday, 2 September at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, and Monday, 5 September at Moses Mabhida Stadium
Van Wyk, Moodaly and Swart were part of the team that won Banyana Banyana’s maiden Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco last month, where they were crowned African Champions.
The matches are part of preparations for the upcoming 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. You can show your support for the Champs, by purchasing your tickets from Ticketpro for R50. https://www.ticketpros.co.za/portal/web/index.php/event/ee07f7d0-7de8-d5e8-3362-63078f414ac8