Bafana Bafana captain Ronwen Williams expressed his delight at the recall Temba Zwane to the national team.
The Bafana Bafana captain and ‘Mshishi’ are also teammates at club level Mamelodi Sundowns and played together several times on the national team when Williams was still there Supersport United.
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It is the first call-up for the 33-year-old midfielder since then Hugo Bruce took the position of head coach of South Africa 2021 year.
Williams says Zwane’s experience will benefit other players on the team.
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WILLIAMS IS GLAD TO SEE A CALL INTO THE NATIONAL TEAM
“It’s great to see him [Zwane] again as part of the setup” Williams said, as quoted by TimesLIVE.
“He has achieved so much in the game and the fact that he is still going strong after everything he has achieved is a testament to his quality and mentality. Good thing he’s back in the lineup.
“The boys will learn a lot from him because he played at the highest level. We played together at the African Cup of Nations in 2019 and there is a lot of history between us.
“Now we play for the same club, which is nice. To be honest, he’s been one of the best players in the Premier League for a long time – it’s great to have him here.”
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“MY JOB IS TO MAKE THEM FEEL AT HOME”
Williams added that as a captain and senior player, he has a role to play in taking younger players under his wing, given that there are new faces in the squad.
“It’s good for the new players in the Bafana team, it’s good that the coach is giving them an opportunity. We have a few injuries to more permanent players who have been here before and this is an opportunity for these guys to take advantage of.” he added.
“Myself and the senior boys will be encouraging them to grab this opportunity with both hands because it is a great honor to wear the shirt of your country and honor is at stake.
“As captain, part of my job is to make them feel at home, to relax them, because I was in their shoes not so long ago as a new player of the national team.
“It’s good to see all the boys turn up early and the camp was full on the first day. We’re just waiting for Hanyisa Mayo to come because he was involved in the Caf Champions League qualifiers for Cape Town City playing for Congo.”
Bafana Bafana to take over Sierra Leone on Saturday, September 24 and Botswana on Tuesday, September 27.
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