By Busisani Ncube
Janine Van Wyk’s Glasgow City suffered a humiliating 9-1 demolition at the hands of Germany outfit Wolfsburg in a Uefa Women’s Champions League quarterfinal on Friday night.
The Banyana Banyana skipper was making her debut in the competition after joining the Scottish champions as a free agent last month.
The veteran defender was handed a starting role by manager Scott Booth after she proved her fitness in training and over three weeks of bonding with her new teammates.
However, the 33-year old was unable to rescue Booth’s ladies from a humbling rout against the German champions in San Sebastian.
After holding out for 15 minutes, Pernille Harder’s quadruple, Ingrid Engen’s brace and Felicitas Rauch’s effort along with Leanne Ross and Jenna Clark’s own goals ensured Glasgow endured an evening to forget.
Van Wyk, who part ways with Danish side Fortuna Hjorring earlier this year, described the experience as “fantastic”, despite the humiliating scoreline.
“For me personally the experience was fantastic,” Van Wyk told Uefa.com. “We knew we were going to face European giants in Wolfsburg. Not an easy team to beat.
“You can prepare as much as you can but they are always going to bring something new to the game.”
Despite the thrashing, Glasgow will be consoled by the achievement of reaching the quarter-final for the first time since 2015 as they focus on their new domestic campaign in Scotland.