A key player for Supersport United wants a new challenge away from the club.
Ronwen Williams, a one-club player in the local game, has been with SuperSport United since he was a child, progressing through the club’s junior ranks until he was named captain of the senior team.
It’s cheap to say that “Ronwen” is a Matsatsantsa’s model. When it comes to behavior on and off the field, a Pretorian player should resemble. But, as the saying goes, ‘all good things must come to an end,’ and Williams appears to want to take United to court for divorce, despite his desire for a friendly split.
Williams believes he has reached his limit at United after nearly two decades of service and is looking for greener pastures elsewhere. His main motivation is that he wants to hand over his gloves one day with a cabinet full of gold medals.
“One must be realistic and look at the club’s direction; I must ask myself if it aligns with what I want to achieve, and if it does not, we’ll see what happens.” “I’ve talked to the board, and they’re aware of my feelings,” Williams said.
“I have no intention of leaving SuperSport at this time; it is far too short notice, and I wouldn’t want to leave before the season is finished.” I’m the club’s captain, and they’ve looked after me for the past 17 years, so it’s not as simple as picking up the phone and telling them I want to leave. I need to respect what they’ve done for me, and if they agree, we’ll figure out what to do next.
“I’ve had discussions with the team, and we’re on the same page. However, the board is large, and there are many people in charge, but they’re aware of my goals and where I’m at in my career. Some board members don’t want me to leave because I’ve done well here, but it’s up to me to talk to them and have a clear conversation so that everyone is happy,” he added.
Matsatsantsa has had to let go of a number of key players, including Aubrey Modiba and Jeremy Brockie, who both joined crosstown rivals Mamelodi Sundowns, and Teboho Mokoena, who is expected to join Chloorkop. Why not me, Williams asks.
“We’ve had a lot of talented players, and they’ve let them go and achieve their goals.” I don’t see the difference, and if SuperSport is satisfied, we’ll move on. Only if SuperSport agrees to let me go would I consider changing teams.
I wouldn’t turn it into a brawl; that isn’t who I am, and it isn’t what the club is about. If they believe things will improve and they will be able to compete for titles, I will stay because I enjoy my time at the club.”