Cape Town - Ronwen Williams admits he still has plenty to
learn about his trade and hopes Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba can be the man to
Lakay ready to star for Bafana
The 22-year-old could arguably already be considered a
veteran in the Premier Soccer League, where he is currently enjoying a fourth
season with Matsatsantsa, having come up through the club's youth ranks before
turning professional in 2010.
However, the shot stopper remains a fledgling on the
international stage, and endured a disastrous debut in March when he stood
between the sticks for a 5-0 hammering at the hands of Brazil.
Despite this Williams was called up to the South Africa
squad for their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sudan and Nigeria
last month, only to be forced out through injury, while he was then overlooked
for a place in the 26-man team for the upcoming double header against the
Democratic Republic of Congo.
"I’m keen to learn. Maybe the coach (Mashaba) thinks
because I have played in the PSL for five years, I don't need to," said Williams,
who has Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune and Orlando Piartes ace Senzo
Meyiwa ahead of him in the Bafana pecking order, told The
"I am only 22 years and as far as goalkeeping is
concerned, I am still a toddler."
Looking back over his capitulation against the Samba Kings
earlier this year, Williams said: "The moment that game ended I had to
forget about it, otherwise it was going to have a negative impact on my
"I spoke to a lot of guys like Rowen Fernandez who
helped me get over it, and in my second cap I got a clean sheet."
Bafana are due to play Congo in back-to-back games in the
AFCON qualifying rounds.
The 2015 tournament will held in Morocco between January 17
and February 7.
Saturday, October 11, Congo v SA (Pointe Noire) at 16:30
Wednesday, October 15, SA vs Congo (Peter Mokaba Stadium) at