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Bafana and SuperSport United goalkeeper Ronwen Williams forecasts better season

Posted: 3 September 2015 Time: 08:31

SuperSport United goalkeeper Ronwen Williams believes he will have a vastly improved season this term due to the stabilised defence that he now has in front of him at the club.

Last season Williams disappointingly conceded a massive 46 goals in 37 games in all competitions – numbers that should never give any keeper at a stable and ambitious club like SuperSport any reason to smile regardless of the circumstances.

Having conceded just once in three league games to date, the 23-year-old is forecasting improved fortunes between the poles.

“We have worked on that [conceding] during the off-season between myself and coach Gordon [Igesund] and the goalkeeper coach Alex (Heredia),” says Williams.

“We worked on not conceding so many goals and I mean in the three league games that we played to date I have only conceded one and kept two clean sheets. Things are looking good and hopefully I can keep things going that way. Hopefully, things will go my way this season.

“It is always good for a goalkeeper to concede less goals. The less goals you concede, the more games you win so it gives confidence to everyone especially myself and now with the call-up my confidence has been boosted,” says Williams, who is currently in camp with Bafana Bafana for games against Mauritania and Senegal.

Williams argues that a more settled backline in front of him is giving reason for believing he will concede less this term, praising the additions of Bongani Khumalo and Michael Boxall as key to bringing stability.

“Last season our team, the defenders that we had, there was chopping and changing because of injuries and suspensions. Last year we didn’t have a consistent back four like we have had this season when we have played with basically the same back four in all the four games that we have played including the MTN8. We have a lot of experienced guys now, we have Bongs, we have Boxall so it is good for me as they are international players,” he says.

Williams adds that he is encouraged by the mood in the Bafana squad describing the current group as the best that he has ever worked with.

“Everything is fine, everyone speaks to everyone and there are no groups or anything like that. Everyone is fine and everyone respects each other so for me this is one of the best groups that I have worked since I have been in the national team.

“I am very happy to be back and I have been working very hard and I said at the beginning of the season that I want to be back in the team and I am happy to be back. I am looking forward to more call-ups,” says Williams.

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