Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
1 minute read
25 Jun 2019
1:08 pm

Baxter explains Williams selection 

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has explained his decision to play Ronwen Williams ahead of Darren Keet in their opening game at the 2019 Afcon in Egypt against Ivory Coast. 

Ronwen Williams during Bafana Bafana training (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

The South African senior national men’s team lost 1-0 to the Ivorians, but Williams made some incredible saves for the team which denied the Ivorians to add to their goal tally.

“We played Ronwen because… When we played in Tunisia against Libya we played with three centre backs and their strength was playing in lots of crosses. But that was not the Ivory Coast strength,” Baxter explained.

“This was a different game. Darren was suited for that game against Libya and Darren has been a little bit more inactive. Ronwen was more suited for this game, his shot stopping and his quick distribution would be important. I thought Ronwen did very well.”

Bafana’s next face neighbours Namibia in their second game of the group stages at the competition on Friday.

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