Jonty Mark

By Jonty Mark

Football Editor

Bafana admit injury worry over captain Williams

Bafana team doctor Thabo Maleka gave the rest of the squad a clean bill of health.

Bafana goalkeeper and captain Ronwen Williams has emerged as a doubt for the upcoming friendlies against Eswatini and the Ivory Coast, after picking up an injury in Mamelodi Sundowns’ MTN8 final loss to Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

South Africa play Eswatini on Friday at Orlando Stadium and the Ivory Coast in Abidjan on October 17, and while Williams has arrived in camp, he admitted on Monday that he has a “small niggle” but added that he “should be fine.”

Bafana team doctor Thabo Maleka, meanwhile, said they would continue to monitor the side’s number one goalkeeper.

“The team is giving him all the necessary attention,” said Maleka, who gave a clean bill of health to the rest of the squad.

“For the fact that we have him here in the camp we might see him on the pitch, depending on how he does with our management.”


Williams missed Bafana’s 1-0 friendly win over DR Congo last month because he was ill, and admitted he was “disappointed” not to play in that one.

“I am always happy and proud to wear the Bafana jersey and be part of the team,” he said.

If Williams cannot play, AmaZulu’s Veli Mothwa and SuperSport United’s Ricardo Goss are the other two shot-stoppers in Hugo Broos’ squad.

Access premium news and stories

Access to the top content, vouchers and other member only benefits