Bronze for Bafana in Ivory Coast

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Bafana Bafana won the Africa Cup of Nations bronze medal after beating the Democratic Republic of the Congo on penalties (6-5).

Ronwen Williams – captain and goalkeeper – was once again his team’s great hero after he thwarted two important penalty attempts at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Ivory Coast.

This is South Africa’s best African performance in 24 years.

The penalty shootout came after the score ended in a tie (0-all) in regular time. Both teams played good football, but the DRC players looked good in attack.

In contrast, Bafana Bafana produced steady play before Williams once again displayed his acrobatic skills in front of goal.

The 32-year-old player also excelled in the quarter-final against the Cape Verde Islands when he kept four kicks away from the goal box.

Coach Hugo Broos already said in the run-up to the bronze medal match that he was pleased with his team’s performance.

“I think there are many people in South Africa who did not believe in the team, but we believed in our abilities. The players believed that something like this could happen and I think this is a very good thing for South African football.”

The former Belgian player believes that Bafana Bafana have received a welcome injection of momentum.

“People are interested in South African football again and that is a very good thing.”

Bafana Bafana’s path to the bronze medal:

0-2 against Mali

4-0 against Namibia

0-0 against Tunisia

2-0 against Morocco

Beat the Cape Verde Islands with staff goals

Lost to Nigeria on penalties

Beat the Democratic Republic of the Congo on penalties