AFCON 2023: South Africa 0-0 DR Congo (6-5 pens): Ronwen Williams the hero again in AFCON third place play-off


South Africa’s goalkeeper Ronwen Williams once again proved himself a hero when Bafana Bafana triumphed over DR Congo in a penalty shootout, securing third place in the Africa Cup of Nations.

During the shootout, South Africa’s Teboho Mokoena missed the target with the first kick, but the following eight attempts found the net, setting the stage for DR Congo’s captain Chancel Mbemba to seal victory with his shot.

However, Williams thwarted Mbemba’s attempt, prolonging the shootout into sudden death, where he made another crucial save against Meschak Elia, ultimately clinching the win for his team.

The match did not go into extra time, and despite DR Congo’s dominance in play, they struggled to capitalize on their opportunities in front of the goal.

DR Congo’s Silas Katompa squandered two clear chances to score, the first in the eighth minute and another later in the second half when he failed to convert despite being in a favorable position.

Even with several opportunities presenting themselves, including one for Simon Banza and substitute Fiston Mayele towards the end of the match, DR Congo couldn’t find the back of the net.

South Africa, having suffered a defeat in the semi-finals against Nigeria, appeared fatigued with minimal changes to their lineup, while DR Congo made significant alterations, providing opportunities to their reserve players.

In the end, it was South Africa who emerged victorious, thanks in large part to the heroic performance of their goalkeeper Ronwen Williams, securing a well-deserved third-place finish in the tournament.

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