SuperSport United skipper Ronwen Williams admits that it is a massive personal achievement to be part of the South African U23 squad that will be participating at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games.
This tournament was rescheduled for this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. It will run from 23 July – 08 August 2021.
Williams was selected as one of the over-age players in the 19-man squad.
“This is a big personal achievement, one that I dreamt of, it’s a huge honour representing my country at such a prestigious event,” Williams told Matsatsantsa’s official website.
“It was a very long trip that took us around 30 hours to finally reach our destination and there are strict protocols we had to adhere to upon arrival.
“They are very strict as far as Covid-19 is concerned, they have protocols that one has to adhere to and we are requested to fill in a daily medical screening application.”
David Notoane’s boys will play against the hosts Japan in the opening match of the competition on 23 July at Tokyo Stadium time 20h00 (SA time 13h00).
“It is very hot and humid in Tokyo,” he added.
The 29-year-old goal minder insists he will do whatever it takes to help the side with his 10-year professional football experience, and also make South Africa proud.
“As a senior player, I’m here to do my job which is to play football and hopefully inspire the younger players and guide them as I’ve been playing football at the highest level for over 10 years now, so I’ll be sharing my experiences with them,” he stated.
“Hopefully some of the players can secure their dream move, this is a perfect opportunity to showcase our talents and capabilities.
“We will do our utmost best to represent the country well, be safe back home, continue following Covid19 protocols, we have come so far and shouldn’t give in now.”
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By FARPost Reporter