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DSTV match against Cape Town CityAuthor: Dumisani KoyanaThere are countless reasons to be excited ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. From the quality of the skills that footballers will display to the thrills-and-spills of gruelling contests, the competition has always delivered ripples of excitement. This year’s edition in Qatar is poised to produce long-lasting legacies and memories.Newly signed Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Ronwen Williams believes the tournament always tends to deliver the spectacular and the unexpected.

“From a tender age I have always watched the FIFA World Cup and remember the high quality of football played, controversies, and fun celebrations that accompany the sporting event. In the 2010 edition of the World Cup, Bafana striker Siphiwe Tshabalala’s stunning goal against Mexico united the nation instantly and Frank Lampard's ‘ghost goal’ against Germany are some great examples of how the competition can deliver a variety of emotions,” said Williams.

On his favourite memories of the FIFA World Cup, the goalkeeper excitedly expressed, “Ronaldinho’s free kick against England at the 2002 World Cup will always be fresh in my mind. I was in school back then when that game was played. I never thought that Ronaldinho could beat David Seaman, an experienced goalkeeper, from that range.”
The first World Cup to be held in the Middle East is set to feature some of the best footballers on the planet and the Sundowns goalie has one name in mind.
“I have always been a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo. I love the way he plays on the left-hand side when attacking and cuts in with his right foot. He is a classy footballer who has distinguished himself at the highest level. I am hoping that he wins the FIFA World Cup because he is a living legend and an inspiration to many young footballers,” Ronwen declared.
© Shaun Roy - Backpage PixThe Bafana Ba Style goalkeeper concentrating during the match against TS GalaxyThe Bafana Bafana captain also spoke about how he is settling in with his new teammates at Chloorkop.

“I feel good so far because I am acclimatizing very well with the team’s philosophy and ethos. Thankfully, I know a couple of the players here from my previous club as well as the National Team. Playing for Mamelodi Sundowns is a great achievement because this is a club with a rich history of winning titles. I want to be part of The Brazilians for many years to come and I hope to end my career here because Sundowns always takes care of its players. I hope we can add more stars to the jersey and conquer the continent,” the goalkeeper stated.

Ronwen also spoke about the individuals who excite him the most in the Masandawana dressing room, “Denis Onyango, Kennedy Mweene, and Reyaad Pieterse are great characters in the locker room. I enjoy spending time with them because they radiate good energy and awesome vibes. Overall, the squad is full of great minds and personalities that I am looking forward to learning from,” the Port Elizabeth-born goalie concluded.
The goalkeeping department at Mamelodi Sundowns has always been blessed with keepers who possess fantastic shot-stopping abilities and Ronwen will be hoping to continue that unrivalled

© Shaun Roy - Backpage PixRonwen giving instructions to players