Banyana Banyana Captain Janine van Wyk has wished her team well in her absence. (FilePicture: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix)

South African national soccer side Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk has sent good luck wishes to her team-mates in the national team ahead of the upcoming 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship that will take place from September 13-24 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Banyana has been drawn in Group C alongside Lesotho, Namibia and Botswana. They play Lesotho on Thursday in a game starting at 4.30pm.

Van Wyk, who was not selected because the tournament does not fall under the FIFA Calendar date, said she was confident the players will do well.

“I would like to wish the team all the best for the upcoming COSAFA Cup tournament. I trust that the team is ready to compete to the best of their ability. 

"The majority of the players have experienced playing at this level in a tournament and I am positive that they would share it with the new faces on the team,” said Van Wyk from Houston, USA.

“It’s hard for me not to be part of this journey with my team-mates, especially as the leader of the side, but I believe that there are other players that will lead the team in the right direction and hopefully all the way to the finals,” added Van Wyk.

“I just want to say good luck to the entire team, including the technical team and the support staff. And to the players, I would like to remind them that they are out there representing our country and carrying the dreams of many girls out there that wish to be in their shoes. Go fly our flag high ladies, I will be cheering you on every step of the way.”

Banyana vice captain, Refiloe Jane, will lead the team in the absence of Van Wyk.

After playing Lesotho on Thursday at the Luveve Stadium Banyana also face Namibia on Friday and will be up against Botswana two days later on Sunday.