SuperSport United goalkeeper Ronwen Williams says he is ready for the responsibility that comes with the captaincy and his main goal is to win the Premier Soccer League (PSL) title as leader of the team
The current Bafana Bafana number one will take over the SuperSport United armband when current skipper Dean Furman leaves the club at the end of the season.
With Williams having captained the Pretoria side on a part-time basis before, he is now set to assume the duty of leading the team full-time at a time when the club has gone for a decade without tasting league glory.
“Yes definitely [I am ready for the captaincy responsibility]. I have been captain on many occasions throughout my career. I have captained the team many times in the absence of the previous captains so I have learnt a lot over the years and I think I am ready for the challenge,” Williams told FARPost.
With SuperSport having last won the league title 10 years ago, Williams will shoulder the new obligation of leading them back to claim the ultimate prize in South African football.
The 28-year-old was promoted to the first team just after Matsatsantsa won their last league title in 2010 and has gone on to win three Nedbank Cups and has twice been crowned MTN8 champion.
“The main one for me is the league [title]. I haven’t won that. I have come very close on a few occasions,” said Williams, who recently shared a message with the country about the Coronavirus pandemic.
“It would be more of motivation now that I will be the leader, that I will be the captain. It is not easy, it’s tough because we are fighting against 15 other teams. But it’s a challenge that I will put out there for myself and for the team.
“It’s a trophy that we haven’t won. We have done well in the local Cups so for next season we need to push hard. We are close there this season, we haven’t gone out of the top five so that’s a good thing.
“Next season we will learn from this season’s mistakes and hopefully we can push to get higher up the table.
“Obviously, every season at SuperSport we want to win something.
“I have been consistent in the way I have conducted myself, the way I have played, so it is just for me to be more helpful of the younger guys and push them to reach their full potential and obviously work hand in hand with the technical team on the way they want things to be done.”
SuperSport are currently third on the PSL standings, however with a slim chance of winning the league title.
By Michael Madyira