Talk that Bafana Bafana’s No.1 could move to the MLS in the USA is now seemingly on hold, and the news could be well received by Orlando Pirates, who are also monitoring Rowen Williams’ future very closely.
He is wanted abroad, but it is understood that SuperSport United, though keen to see the player further his career beyond the Mzansi borders, can’t risk losing their skipper and first choice keeper at this stage of the 2020/21 season.
Matsatsantsa are just four points behind DStv Premiership log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns after 17 games, though the Brazilians have a game in hand.
Williams still has a long-term contract that runs until June 2024, so only a lucrative offer can lure him away. Clubs in the Major League Soccer have deep pockets and the transfer window there opened last week!
The Siya crew has had it confirmed that the Bafana goalminder does have a buy-out clause in his contract should there be an offer overseas, but the figures on that agreement remain confidential between club and player.
Given that the possible move to the USA is unlikely this season, Williams’ long term admirers, Pirates will be on high alert.
According to reliable Siya sources, the Buccaneers haven’t given up on the SuperSport captain even though Richard Ofori, who is Ghana’s first-choice keeper, was signed from Maritzburg United in October last year.
Ofori has come under some criticism from supporters for his recent performances and perhaps the club’s hierarchy feels the same way too.
While Siya sources have indicated that there was never an official bid tabled for Williams by Pirates, perhaps because of their goalkeeping situation at the time, their interest in the player was always genuine and it is believed that they are still interested.
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