South Africa clinched third place at the Africa Cup of Nations by defeating DR Congo 6-5 on penalties, marking their best finish in the tournament in 24 years. Bafana Bafana’s captain, Ronwen Williams, played a crucial role once again by saving two spot-kicks, including one from DR Congo’s captain, Chancel Mbemba, which could have sealed the victory for the opposition. The game, which ended goalless after 90 minutes, went straight to penalties, making South Africa the first team to play three consecutive Afcon shootouts.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
In a dramatic turn of events, South Africa’s midfielder Teboho Mokoena hit the post with the first penalty, adding tension to the shootout. Ultimately, South Africa’s success was secured by their skipper, while their Belgian coach, Hugo Broos, celebrated adding a third-place ‘bronze’ to his achievements. The victory marked a significant milestone for Bafana Bafana, who last stood on the podium in 2000.
Despite DR Congo’s missed opportunities, particularly late in the game, South Africa capitalized on their chances and emerged victorious, rewarding their impressive campaign throughout the tournament. Williams’ stellar performance in goal was instrumental in South Africa’s defensive solidity, conceding only one goal in their last six games.
While DR Congo showcased attacking flair and defensive solidity throughout the tournament under coach Sebastian Desabre, they fell short in the crucial moments against South Africa. Nevertheless, both teams displayed remarkable resilience and skill, captivating audiences throughout the tournament.