Williams: The hard road lies ahead

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Goalkeeper of South Africa Ronwen Williams during the international friendly match between France and South Africa in March.
Goalkeeper of South Africa Ronwen Williams during the international friendly match between France and South Africa in March.
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Bafana Bafana captain Ronwen Williams is expecting tough encounters against Sierra Leone and Botswana.

The South African men’s national soccer team has begun their preparations for two upcoming friendlies to be played on Saturday and next Tuesday, against Sierra Leone and Botswana, respectively.

Current Bafana Bafana captain and Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Ronwen Williams has warned that it would be a mistake to underestimate the two African sides.

"We need to regain our confidence, but it’s not a given that we will do this against either Botswana or Sierra Leone, because on the African continent there are no easy opponents, we will give our all. It’s about putting our best boot forward," Williams told SAFA media.

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Williams is one of the most capped players on the squad that includes four new faces in Mihlali Mayambela, Sibongiseni Mthethwa, Melusi Buthelezi and Luke Le Roux.

"I know what it is like to get a call-up, your first cap, or even your first camp. Memories are made from moments like these and it is important to share with the younger players the reality of why they are here, and the hard road that lies ahead to qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON)," Williams added.

His vice-captain, Siyanda Xulu, who was initially left out of the due to an injury that’s kept him out of action for five months, said he was pleased to be back in mix.

"Of course, I’m always privileged to represent my national team," he said.

"Me and the coach have had constant communication about my fitness level. He’s always been asking me how far [I am with recovery]. There was a bit of an improvement and he called me to come in."

Bafana Bafana began their training sessions on Tuesday afternoon. Kaizer Chiefs striker Ashley Du Preez has also joined up with the squad after Lyle Foster was forced out by an injury.

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