SuperSport United goalkeeper Ronwen Williams is close to dethroning Itumeleng Khune as South Africa’s No.1 goalkeeper.
The 26-year-old player has been part of the Bafana Bafana set-up for some time deputizing for Khune, who is on the books of Kaizer Chiefs.
Williams was a second half substitute as Bafana held Paraguay to a 1-1 draw in the 2018 Nelson Mandela Challenge in Durban over a week ago.
“Like they say, you are as good as your last game and the second half I played against Paraguay showed myself and coach Stuart (Baxter) that I can do it and I can play,” Williams told The Citizen.
The Port Elizabeth-born shot-stopper produced a shaky performance during Bafana's 2-1 defeat to Cape Verde in the 2018 World Cup qualifier which was played in Praia last September.
Williams was then slammed by the South African media as he failed to stamp his authority, and the defeat proved too costly as Bafana failed to qualify for the finals.
“I made one or two saves and I played a part in the goal with my distribution and I spoke to Stuart and he was like a proud father because the media were bashing me, saying I am not ready and all those things," he added.
Baxter has kept his faith in Williams, who was the his first-choice keeper during his stint as SuperSport head coach between 2016 and 2017.
“I accepted that because I know that I haven't had the best Bafana Bafana career so far but after the last game, I believe that I can. It is soon, I can taste it," he continued.
"My confidence is up, I believe I can play and I will wait for my chance and when I do get it, I will grab it with both hands this time," he concluded.
Willaims is facing a mammoth task in his quest to dethrone Khune, who has been Bafana's first-choice keeper since 2008.