Khune praises rival Williams
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
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.