Williams happy to see more young people in Bafana trim



Bafana Bafana captain Ronwen Williams is delighted that manager Hugo Broos is introducing more youngsters to the squad he sees as a build for the future.

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Broos had promised when he first took on the job at Bafana that he would look after young players who are still hungry for success.

The Bafana coach has named Luke le Roux, Mihlali Mayambela, Sphephelo Sithole, Melusi Buthelezi, Zakhele Lepasa and Sibongiseni Mthethwa among others.

“It’s good for them that the coach gives them the opportunity. We have some injuries for the more permanent players who were here before.

“For them it is an opportunity to be seized”, commented the skipper on the opportunity offered to the new young people.

Ashely Du Preez was also called up late to replace Lyle Foster who will not make the pitch due to injury.

“Wearing the South African jersey is a great honor and there is a lot of pride at stake. For me as a captain, it’s about making them feel at home and making them comfortable.

“I was in their shoes not long ago and I know how they feel – a lot of butterflies. They want to impress, so it’s up to me to tell them I’m here because the coach and the technical team saw something good in them. They just have to do what they were doing for their club, “Williams added.

The Bafana will try to rebuild their confidence against Sierra Leone on Saturday and Botswana on Tuesday: both matches will be held at the FNB Stadium.

Broos’ side have suffered heavy defeats in their last two games, losing 5-0 to France in a friendly and 2-1 to Morocco in the AFC Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

“We must regain confidence, but it is not certain that we will do it either against Botswana or against Sierra Leone because there are no easy opponents on the African continent.

“We will give our all, it is about bringing forward our best boot. These two games will not be easy … but with us playing at home we must impress our authority.

“We have to play our football and we have to go out there and dominate,” said the goalkeeper of the Mamelodi Sundowns.