AFCON 2023: Ronwen Williams saves twice as South Africa beat DR Congo on penalties to claim bronze

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Ronwen Williams once again was the hero for South Africa as they shattered DR Congo on penalties to gloss third at the unending Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

However, Williams was known to have made two exceptional stops during the penalty shoot-out for the South Africans; thus, Bafana Bafana appealed for a 6-5 victory after a goalless game in instructional time.

Apparently and as noted, DR Congo captain Chancel Mbemba had a chance to win, but Williams stopped it and never allowed it to happen, as that could be a total disaster for them. Amazingly, Meshack Elia’s presentation on penalty was also saved.

After 90 minutes of play, the game was later decided on penalties.

Williams saved four penalties in the shootout during the quarterfinal win over Cape Verde, notably with his excellent presentation and hardworking skills.

In Abidjan’s Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium, he once again demonstrated criticality when Tebogo Mokoena, who has been a noteworthy player in South Africa’s success in Ivory Coast, missed the first penalty badly.

However, the goalkeeper came up big again to ensure South Africa returned home with the bronze medal.

The third-place finish also becomes South Africa’s best enactment at the AFCON since 2000, when they were also kaput third after losing to Nigeria in the semifinal.