Goalkeeper Williams is Bafana’s great hero

Henry

Bafana Bafana made it to the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 24 years when they pulled the wagon through the quarter-finals on penalties against the Cape Verde Islands.

The score was 0 each after extra time and goalkeeper Ronwen Williams was his team’s big hero during the penalty session.

The 32-year-old player eventually thwarted four of his opponents’ attempts and Bafana ended the penalty shootout with 2 – 1.

Williams’ goalkeeper heroics are a first in the tournament – you don’t just stop four sniper kicks in one night.

“A few hours ago I was 71 years old; now I’m 75. It was a very exciting game – especially when you take the penalties into account,” Hugo Broos admitted in an interview with eNCA.

According to the national football coach, his team deserves a big pat on the back.

“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.”

Bafana Bafana play against Nigeria on Wednesday in one of the semi-finals and Broos believes that his players carry the outside horse label.

Yet at the same time it means that they have nothing to lose and that they can play with a touch more freedom against Africa’s football giants.

“Very few people thought that we would progress this far and there is now much less pressure on us. However, this does not mean at all that we do not want to play in the final.”

Semi-Final Fixtures:

Wednesday:

19:00: South Africa vs Nigeria

22:00: Ivory Coast vs Democratic Republic of Congo.