Afcon 2023: Ronwen Williams saves four spot-kicks as South Africa beat Cape Verde on penalties

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Ronwen Williams saves South Africa at Afcon 2023
Ronwen Williams denied Gilson Benchimol with a brilliant second-half extra-time save and stopped four penalties as South Africa beat Cape Verde

Ronwen Williams saved four points to help South Africa reach the semi-finals of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations on penalties after a 0-0 draw against Cape Verde.

Bebe, Willy Semedo, Laros Duarte and Patrick Andrade were all denied in the shootout by the outstanding Williams, who also made a late save to save Gilson Benchimol’s first strike against the woodwork and make sure the quarter-final was boring going into extra time.

Cape Verde goalkeeper Vozinha made two outstanding saves in quick succession shortly after extra time began denying ​​Mihlali Mayambela and Teboho Mokoena.

South Africa will now have the chance to avenge the defeat they inflicted on Nigeria in their last appearance in the Afcon semi-finals, when the Super Eagles beat them 2-0 in the year 2000.

The 1996 champions will look to close a gap of 24 places in the Fifa rankings when they meet the three-time winners in Bouake on Wednesday (17h00 GMT).


Cape Verde

Creation 4-3-3

  • 1Evora Dias
  • 23Moreira
  • 5Evans Costa
  • 4Loops
  • 8Moreira Fernandes
  • 10Monteiro AlvarengaSubstituted ford’Encarnação Duarteat 86′minutes
  • 26Gonçalves Pereira de PinaSubstituted forAndrew Correiaat 65′minutes
  • 18Rocha SantosSubstituted forSilva Teixeira 119′minutes
  • 20Mendes da GraçaBooked at 27 minutesSubstituted forJohnson Semedo Afonsoat 65′minutes
  • 7Borges CabralSubstituted forBenchimol Tavaresat 87′minutes
  • 11Mendes RodriguesSubstituted forDias Correiaat 72′minutes


  • 2to Santos Tavares
  • 3Monteiro Sanchez Borges
  • 6Andrew Correia
  • 9Benchimol Tavares
  • 13Pereira Fernandes
  • 14The Encarnação Duarte
  • 15d’Encarnação Duarte
  • 16Tavares do Santos
  • 17Johnson Semedo Afonso
  • 19Silva Teixeira Jr.
  • 21Dias Correia
  • 24Garcia da Silva

South Africa

Creation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Williams
  • 20MudauSubstituted forA mobat 103′minutes
  • 18Kekana
  • 14Mvala
  • 6Modiba
  • 4Peat
  • 13Sithoil
  • 23MorenaSubstituted forMaiseoat 63′minutesSubstituted forMashegoat 114′minutes
  • 11SwedenSubstituted forAdamat 90′minutes
  • 10TauSubstituted forMayambelaat 85′minutes
  • 9MagogpaSubstituted forLepasaat 103′minutes


  • 2A mob
  • 3Mashego
  • 5Xulu
  • 7Appolis
  • 8Adam
  • 12Maiseo
  • 15Monastery
  • 16Mothwa
  • 17Lepasa
  • 19Sibisi
  • 21Mayambela
  • 22Goss

Jean Jacques Ndala Ngambo

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