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Khune praises rival Williams

2012-05-18 10:09

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune says he's been hugely impressed by his counterpart at SuperSport United, Ronwen Williams, but he has urged the youngster to learn from his mistakes.

Williams has been nominated in the PSL Goalkeeper of the Season category, as well as the league's HOT Young Player of the Season after putting in great performances for the Pretoria side in his maiden campaign.

Khune feels the recognition is justified.

"I always say South Africa is like Spain, because they produce the best midfielders and we produce the best goalkeepers. I mean we have never struggled in this department in South Africa," Khune told Football411.com.

"I'm very impressed with what I have seen of this boy. I actually once had a chat with him and he sounded like someone who is willing to learn. He is not the type of person who thinks he has made it when there is still a long way to go."

With that in mind, Khune warned the 20-year-old to remain humble heading into next season.

"I remember I was brilliant in my first season, the 2007/08 and I got the awards, but I was poor in my second season and I had to bounce back in my third. So I hope Ronwen won't make the same mistakes as I did after a good first season.

"I got nothing in my second season, because I thought I had arrived after a good first season," explained Khune.

However, 'Spiderkid' feels Williams is national team material and has predicted a great future for the Port Elizabeth-born keeper.

"When I spoke to him I challenged him to come get the Bafana number one jersey from me and I will be proud if he can do it for the country. I'm very happy that this young man has done so well in his first season and it augurs well for the future of Bafana Bafana in terms of the goalkeeping department.

"The only thing is he must not think that he has made it already, because as I said there is still a long way to go for him. I know because I experienced this myself," concluded Khune.

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