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Ronwen Williams: I'm a better goalkeeper than I was when Brazil thrashed Bafana Bafana

9:57 AM EDT 9/5/18
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Williams' Bafana career got off to a terrible start a few years ago as he conceded five goals against Brazil, but he feels he is now a better keeper

Despite being criticized for his errors while representing Bafana Bafana, SuperSported United goal-minder Ronwen Williams says being the 2017 Caf Confederation Cup runner-up equipped him.

The 26-year-old has been called up for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Libya on Saturday alongside Kaizer Chiefs captain and Bidvest Wits shot-stopper Darren Keet.

The Port Elizabeth-born, who made his debut in the international career in a 5-0 defeat to Brazil, has been on the receiving end since then.

“I know that I haven’t had the best Bafana Bafana career so far. One thing I  have not done though, is throwing in the towel in my international career," Williams told the media. 

"I take criticism with a pitch of salt and just motivate myself to keep going. If there wasn’t something special about me, Baxter  wouldn’t have called me up. The Caf Confederation Cup campaign with SuperSport has made me a better goalkeeper." 

"I am proud of myself. It is always not easy to play against African teams. Playing there comes with mixed complications,” Williams explained.

The shot-stopper also hopes Darren Keet will learn from goalkeeper coach Lee Baxter, who joined the camp following Andre Arendse's withdrawal.  

“Its only Keet who didn’t work with Lee. He will learn a lot. I’ve worked with him at SuperSport - he is a good coach. Within a short period of time with him, I’ve learnt many skills. He deserves to be part of the team, I am proud of him,” Williams concluded.