Williams praise for teammates

Telkom Knockout

SuperSport were reduced to 10 men in their quarterfinal at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday evening when referee Victor Gomes showed a red card to Onismor Bhasera just after the hour mark.

But they managed to battle through to the end of extra-time and Williams saved two penalties from Thabo Nthethe and Sibusiso Vilakazi to ensure that Matsatasanta progress to the semifinals.

According to Williams, he was just “doing his job” for the club and his teammates.

“I hear people talk about that I’m penalty specialist but I’m only doing my job as a keeper,” Williams said.

“If you think it was tough for me, spare a thought for the players who had to battle it out with 10 men against a formidable team like Sundowns. They aren’t the African champions for nothing, you know.

“I’ve drawn inspiration from my teammates for the way they’ve been plugging away in the game. It wasn’t easy but I could see them battling out and putting their bodies on the line.

“The players showed an abundance of character. And when you win matches in this fashion where you have to battle is very rewarding – I’m over the moon with our efforts” said Williams.

SuperSport is now nine games unbeaten in all competitions under the tutelage of the Englishman Stuart Baxter. Williams is of the opinion that Baxter has been instrumental in the positive results and vibes in their camp.

“For me, the coach has been the difference thus far. He’s very professional and you learn something new every day.

“It’s not just all about soccer as the coach cares about the players’ lives away from soccer as well. That to us has been the key this season and the reason for our good results.”