Why Ronwen won't join Chiefs or Pirates


Ronwen Williams has revealed why signing for long-time admirers Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, or even Mamelodi Sundowns, is not part of his plans.

The SuperSport United goalkeeper had the game of his life in a 0-0 draw against Golden Arrows last Tuesday at Mbombela Stadium, producing a man-of-the-match performance.

The 27-year-old is finally getting his shot again for the national team and sees no reason why he would be tempted to join any of South Africa's biggest clubs.

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"It's not a motivation for me to play for any of them," Williams tells KickOff.com.

"I mean I'm achieving things with SuperSport so why do I need to go to a different team you know? I'm happy with the setup here, they are treating me very well. They are treating me like I'm number one.

"So I don't feel the need to leave one of the best-run clubs in the country. I mean you don't read anything bad about this club you know so why should I change? I don't see myself playing there.

"If I had the ambitions to play there I would have gone years ago. And they wanted me but I don't have any ambition of playing there obviously. The only place I would move to is overseas you know. If the opportunity comes I will grab it with both hands, but you know it must make sense.

"I mean I'm 27 years old now, I'm a goalkeeper, I'm not the tallest, so I need to look at all those things, and I haven't been a regular starter for Bafana, it's only now recently."

The Bafana Bafana international also reveals what really motivates him to give his best every time he is in goal.

"Ja I mean I'm still young and there's still a lot I can achieve you know, I mean things are going well for me now," he continues.

"I've always wanted to be playing for Bafana so I've got that now so I can't let that slip you know. I waited patiently for a very long time. You know I was always there in the set up but now I'm there, I'm playing, I'm part of the team so that gives like a major boost for me at the moment. So I can't let that slip again. So that is my motivation."

Asked how he handles comments that he is only the current Bafana number one because Kaizer Chiefs goalminder Itumeleng Khune has been struggling with injuries lately, the talented keeper replied: "I can't say anything about that.

"I'm given an opportunity to play, I must just make use of it. Over the past few months I think you know I have played my part so I'm happy with my contribution. Yes definitely my plan is to be number one until I retire, I mean why not?

"The goalkeepers overseas are doing it, they often play until they are 38, 39 so why can't we do it? Why once you are over 30 then they say you are old? I just have to look after my body and do the work.

"We've got a very good understanding myself and Darren [Keet]. We've come a long way. He plays and I play and vice versa. We need to support one another, I can't sulk when he's playing, he can't sulk when I'm playing so... yep!"