‘This child is going to lead SA one day’: Ronwen Williams’ late grandfather

Some people believe in the power of the tongue or speaking things into existence – and in the case of Ronwen Williams’ career, this “spiritual principle” could be true.

The Bafana Bafana goalkeeper’s heroics are still being celebrated three days after he helped the national team advance to the semi-finals of Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 in Ivory Coast.

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RONWEN WILLIAMS’ STELLAR PERFORMANCE AT THE AFCON 2023

Williams, who plays for DStv Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns, did the unthinkable when he saved four penalties against Cape Verde on Saturday.

Undoubtedly a contender for the Best Goalkeeper award at the end of the tournament, the 32-year-old made a spectacular late save after Gilson Benchimol’s strike which ensured the quarter-final entered extra time.

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And there was more from the shot-stopper who blocked Cape Verde’s first three penalties by diving to his right. He saved the last spot kick by diving to his left.

Williams’ stellar performance made him the second SA goalkeeper, after Andre Arendse in 1996, to keep four successive clean sheets at a Nations Cup finals.

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HIS LATE GRANDFATHER’S PROPHECY

The Gqeberha-born footballer, who has officially cements his position as Mzansi’s number one goal, went into the AFCON as a Bafana Bafana captian. This is a prophecy that his late grandfather gave many years ago.

According to his mother, Hazel Williams, her father told them that Williams would lead SA some day.

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A clip of Hazel sharing her late father’s words was shared by SuperSport Football on social media. The 2022 clip shows the goalkeeper’s family paying tribute to him as he bids farewell to his former club, SuperSport United.

“My father, who passed away, told us ‘this child is going to lead South Africa one day,’” Hazel says in the tribute video.

“𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝 𝐢𝐬 𝐠𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐀𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐲.”

The little boy from Port Elizabeth

Watch the story of Ronwen Williams’ journey to being Mzansi’s number 1 and South Africa’s hero at #TotalEnergiesAFCON2023 here

— SuperSport Football (@SSFootball) February 4, 2024

Bafana Bafana’s semifinal match is against rivals Nigeria at Stade de la Paix in Bouaké on Wednesday, 7 February, at 19:00 SA time.

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