Bafana Bafana captain Ronwen Williams revealed that Nigeria number one Stanley Nwabali opened up about his admiration of him when they met this season.
Nwabali has been one of the standout players for Chippa United since he arrived from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) back in October 2022 and his form attracted the attention of head coach José Peseiro, who went on to visit him in South Africa.
He’s since become the Super Eagles first-choice keeper and has kept four clean sheets in as many games at the Africa Cup of Nations en route to the semi-final.
Williams, himself, has kept four consecutive clean sheets to reach the last four, shining further light on the quality of the DStv Premiership, with Manuel Sapunga (Equatorial Guinea), Lloyd Kazapua (Namibia), Badra Ali Sangare (Ivory Coast) as well as the three Bafana stoppers taking the tally to seven overall at the current AFCON.
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“I’m happy for him, I had a chat with him when we played each other in Port Elizabeth and it’s so weird that he told me that I inspire him,” Williams said when asked about the impressive performances of the Premier Soccer League goalkeepers.
“The way he’s playing now, I’m so happy that I can inspire someone, a fellow professional – so tomorrow we’ll share the stage together and go out to continue doing what we’ve doing as trying to be the best goalkeepers we can be.
“He’s been amazing this season but tomorrow, hopefully, he can concede, so that we can go into the final.”
South Africa and Nigeria do battle at Le Stade de la Paix de Bouaké on Wednesday evening at 19h00.