Williams on life after Furman's departure at United

21 May, 2020

First Team

SuperSport United goalkeeper and new captain Ronwen Williams finds it hard to believe that there is life after ex-Matsatsantsa captain Dean Furman’s departure, but things do carry on.

Williams on life after Furman's departure at United

SuperSport United goalkeeper and new captain Ronwen Williams finds it hard to believe that there is life after ex-Matsatsantsa captain Dean Furman’s departure, but things do carry on.

The pair spent five seasons together at United with an amazing working relationship and have also won trophies.

How is the feeling about Dean’s departure?

It’s a very sad day for our club, he was a player that served the club with extinction. Each and every day he was a good professional willing to sacrifice himself for the benefit of the team.

How is the entire team’s reaction?

We are all affected because he was our leader, he kept everything together so it’s a massive loss to all of us.

You spent a few seasons with him and obviously his work-rate never disappointed?

He is a first in last out of training type of person, always giving 110% and never settles for less. His work ethic is unmatched.

You also won Cups together beating tough sides and proceeded to Cup finals with him as a team leader and you as a goalkeeper?

We had loads of success together, we reached seven Cup finals in five years and he was the vocal point as the leader and always encouraging us to push for even greater success.

How did he keep the team encouraged when the motivation was down?

He never settled for less! He always told us that we are much better than we know and that we could achieve so much more if we worked hard and stayed dedicated and he always advised us to persevere through the tough times.

What was your role with him and other senior players towards a few youngsters who got promoted recently?

We have loads of players that achieved so much in their careers and the likes of Bongani Khumalo, Dean Onismor Bash Bhasera and Clayton Daniels always challenged the younger guys to take the team to greater heights, by listening, staying humble and working hard each and every day. They would always tell them that the football Gods would bless them.

And what was your relationship with him, personally and at work?

I and Dean have become very close friends, we are brothers on and off the field. He always told me that I am Bafana Bafana number one and that I should work hard and not give up because he believed so much in my abilities. We have similar characteristics on the field where we don’t except poor attitude or poor effort and our relationship has grown from strength to strength where we know we both a call away.

You also played together in the senior National Squad, a different setup altogether. How was it?

From day one Dean told me that I am the country’s number one goalkeeper, he helped me so much by encouraging me to stay focused and grab my opportunity. We travelled the world together and had fun and wonderful times, at our last AFCON he was like a proud big brother whenever it was announced that I would start a match. Our best game together for the national team was probably beating Egypt in Egypt in front of 80000 spectators.

I think he didn’t finish the way he wanted since the season is not completed due to COVID19?

It’s certainly not a befitting way for him to bow out of the club, knowing him I know he would have loved to finish the season but we all know the pandemic we are all facing and his family responsibilities, but we all appreciate everything he has done.

How are you going to continue with life at United without Dean?

Life has to go on, it won’t be the same as we are losing our leader but it’s time for myself and other guys to step up and show leadership.

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