Saturday, February 3
•Ivory Coast 1-2 (AET) Mali
•Cape Verde (1)0-0(2) South Africa
•Nigeria Vs South Africa
•Ivory Coast Vs DR Congo
In a thrilling showdown at the Charles Konan Banny Stadium in Yamoussoukro on Saturday night, South Africa secured a spot in the 2023 AFCON semi-finals by defeating Cape Verde in a nerve-wracking penalty shootout.
The tightly contested quarter-final clash ended in a goalless draw after 120 minutes of play, showcasing exceptional defensive prowess from both teams.
Goalkeeper Ronwen Williams emerged as the hero for Bafana Bafana, making a remarkable impact during the penalty shootout by saving four crucial spot-kicks.
The first half saw both sides displaying attacking intent, but the stellar goalkeeping performances of Williams and Cape Verde’s Vozinha kept the score level.
The second half followed a similar pattern, with desperate defending and missed opportunities preventing either team from breaking the deadlock.
As the game extended into extra time, the intensity heightened. Cape Verde’s Gelson Tavares came close to snatching victory in added time, hitting the bar with a powerful shot, expertly touched by Williams.
The 0-0 scoreline at the end of regulation time meant the encounter would be decided by penalties.
The penalty shootout showcased Williams’ exceptional skills as he denied Bebe, Willy Semedo, Laros Duarte, and Patrick Andrade, securing South Africa’s passage to the semi-finals.
This victory marks Bafana Bafana’s first appearance in the semi-finals since 2000, setting the stage for an exciting encounter against Nigeria in the next round.