Banyana Banyana captain Janine Van Wyk opened upon the challenge of being a white player in the national team.
Speaking to Cafonline.com, the 33-year-old said that she struggled to settle in the team due to differences in culture and language.
“Being the only white woman on the team and in the championship was a challenge. There are the differences in culture and language but I was able to settle in due to the love and passion for the game," she said.
The blonde-haired defender is the most capped player in South Africa (both men and women) with 170 appearances for the national team.
“I have been playing in the national team for 13 years. I have been on the team since 2005. I started football at five years old. Back then it was a challenge because women's football was not popular," she noted.
Van Wyk has played in seven Africa Women Cup of Nations, two Olympic Games and a World Cup.
She owns a female football team, JW, and runs a programme for young footballers in the country.
The Denmark-based star is not talking about retirement yet.