Williams: SSU amongst Africa's best

Matsatsantsa closed out the 2016/17 season with an emphatic 4-1 win over Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup final at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium in June, with Stuart Baxter at the helm.

Then, this past weekend, SuperSport started the new campaign by returning to the same venue, this time with Eric Tinkler in charge and defeating Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 in the MTN8 to set up a two-legged semi-final against Maritzburg United.

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Williams, who impressed in both those games, says beating two Soweto giants back-to-back sends a strong message that they can compete with the best in the country, and even on the continent.

“Obviously, we feel proud [to beat Pirates and Chiefs] and it’s an amazing feeling, and it shows that we are up there with the best in the country, as well on the continent,” Williams tells KickOff.com.

“We are also in the quarter-finals of the CAF Confed [Cup] and we need to believe that we are the best by beating the best. So, hopefully, that can continue.

“And also, playing in Africa helped us with character and it’s not easy traveling 25 hours but it has built the team's spirit and character, and we stick together as a team, one unit.

“There's no one player in the team that is not getting along but we are family and everything is just awesome at this club. You can see the result by beating the big two teams in the league and also going all the way to the Confed Cup quarter-final, so I'm happy to be part of this team.”

The 25-year-old - who has won three Nedbank Cups and the Telkom Knockout at SuperSport but never the MTN8 after his side were runners-up in 2012 to Moroka Swallows - is hoping SuperSport can break that duck, while also targeting a tilt at the CAF Confederation Cup crown.

“We want to go all the way and we want to win it [the MTN8]. In two months’ time, maybe we can be lifting the MTN8 as well as the Confed Cup so that is our ambition at the moment,” he adds.

“We can make history and we can taste it, it’s there, it’s right in front of us. We need to go out there and give it our all and in two months' time we can be lifting the Confed Cup and that is awesome, that's amazing.”

For that to be attainable, SuperSport will first have to beat the Team of Choice in the Wafa Wafa semi-finals, as well as see off Zambian side ZESCO United in the last eight of the Confed Cup.