Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk eager to impress after move to Houston Dash

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Van Wyk recently joined the Texas-based side for her first overseas stint at club level.

After playing a number of pre-season friendly matches, Houston Dash will open their 2017 campaign with a home fixture against Chicago Red Stars on Saturday, 15 April at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Kickoff is at 13h00 local time (20h00 South African time).

Speaking through a SAFA-issued press release, Van Wyk said: “I have settled in [at Houston Dash] quite well, but I am still trying to adapt to certain things over here such as the environment, new faces and people, being away from family and friends, time difference. But I am taking each day as it comes and so far I am coping very well. Soon I will be back to “normal” where I will feel comfortable again.

“It [football outside of South Africa] is quite different to what I am accustomed to – we train everyday, have meetings and video sessions almost everyday.

“Back home at club level I was used to training twice a week with the team and every other day alone so as to keep in shape. It is nice to play at this level, training is highly competitive as every player is fighting for a spot in the first eleven and I guess it all comes down to working very hard to get your spot – but I like it like that.”

When asked if she was looking forward to her first competitive match with Dash, she said: “Of course, I can’t wait for Saturday when we face Chicago Red Stars at home. This is what I have been training for and with things looking easier on the field by the day, I wait with great anticipation to play my first official match.

“I am a bit nervous but I know the first few touches will be crucial to get my rhythm going. I now have a better understanding of my teammates and I hope I am in the starting lineup and then crown it all with a win - that will make me very happy. Any player wants to win when they get on to the field and I am no different.”