SuperSport United have announced that goalkeeper and club captain Ronwen Williams has joined rivals Mamelodi Sundowns.
Williams has been heavily linked with the Brazilians since he revealed his desire to join the DStv Premiership champions at the end of last season. SuperSport on Thursday ended speculation on Williams future by announcing that he is headed for Chloorkop.
“SuperSport United FC and Mamelodi Sundowns have agreed terms for the permanent move of Bafana Bafana and club captain Ronwen Williams with immediate effect for an undisclosed fee,” read a statement from SuperSport.
Williams thanked the SuperSport management and his former teammates for the time wonderful 18-year stay at the club.
“First and foremost I would like to thank the chairman Mr Khulu Sibiya for allowing me to be part of such a wonderful club for so many years and for taking good care of me. To the club’s CEO Mr Stanley Matthews, I will forever be indebted to you and for each and every promise you made to me you have successfully fulfilled, I will forever be grateful to you as well as the board. To each coach and staff members at the academy, I will not be where I am today without you guys, thank you so much for playing a major role in my career. To my entire SuperSport United family, I can’t thank you guys enough. Ronwen Williams is forever United,” said Williams.
SuperSport CEO Stanley Matthews added: “Ronwen is a beloved son and legend of the club who has entrenched his place in the history books as the longest serving and most capped player in the club’s history. It’s rare to find loyalty in football anymore which makes our 18 years with Ronwen truly remarkable. We are very proud that we could produce a player from the tender age of 12 and enable him to reach his childhood dreams by playing for and captaining his club and country. Ronwen leaves us with trophies in the cabinet and very special memories and we wish him every success in life and for his future career at Mamelodi Sundowns.”
Williams signed for SuperSport at the age of 12 after being scouted in a youth tournament in 2004. He moved from his home in Port Elizabeth into the club’s youth academy where he worked his way through the ranks and into the first team.
He was promoted in January 2012, making his debut in a CAF Champions League match against Matlama FC from Lesotho and his PSL debut four months later against Free State Stars, keeping a clean sheet in both games.