How SSU fended off Chiefs, Bucs interest


SuperSport United have pulled off a rare feat by keeping one of the best players in the PSL away from the likes of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.

United have held onto first-choice goalkeeper Ronwen Williams for his entire career and now also guaranteed him employment beyond his extensive new contract.

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Williams signed a four-and-a-half-year extension in January that will keep him at the club until 2024, and at the end of the season he will become the club's new captain once Dean Furman has departed.

In the past the likes of Chiefs and Pirates have tried without success to sign the Bafana Bafana international, who has always stated that he has no reason to leave SuperSport.

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Club boss Stan Matthews shares what was said during negotiations with the Port Elizabeth-born star to ensure he was not tempted by the more glamorous clubs.

"We discussed him being very special, being a Ryan Giggs of SA and staying at one club," Matthews tells

"He would be silly to risk his status of legend to go be a number [two] somewhere else.

"He will be a future goalkeeper coach too if he wants... and how many other clubs have given a keeper his age as much game-time as we have given him?"

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Asked if he thought Williams would make a good goalkeeper coach considering how quiet he is during matches, Matthews dismissed the notion.

"He is not quiet, he is a crazy keeper! A bit mad, very brave and a great leader."

The Tshwane giants have always looked out for their former players by deploying them within the club's coaching structures.

Kaitano Tembo is currently the club's head coach, following in the footsteps of other graduates like Pitso Mosimane, Thomas Madigage and Andre Arendse, who all started their coaching careers at Matsatsantsa.

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The club is already helping defender Clayton Daniels with his coaching badges and are set to welcome back legendary former winger Daine Klate to do his practicals on his coaching journey.