Williams: Credit must go to entire Bafana Bafana set-up

Williams: Credit must go to entire Bafana Bafana set-up
Ronwen Williams of South Africa during the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 2026 match between South Africa and Benin at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on the 18 November 2023 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Thando Mpembe

Sunday Feb 04, 2024. 19:51

South Africa captain Ronwen Williams refused to take all the credit for their 2-1 shootout win over Cape Verde in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals on Saturday despite saving four penalties.

The Blue Sharks created the better chances in regulation time at the Charles Konan Banny Stadium and Williams tipped Benchimol’s shot onto the crossbar in stoppage time to keep Bafana Bafana’s hopes alive.

After it finished goalless at the end of 120 minutes, the Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper produced heroics when he denied Bebe, Willy Semedo, Laros Duarte and Patrick Andrade from the spot to set up a date with Nigeria in the semi-finals.

Williams was named Man of the Match, but he was quick to give credit to his team-mates and the coaching staff for their part in the victory.

“It was tough. They played their part and it was my time to play my part,” he said. “I am just glad that we are in the next round.

“This [award] is not mine but it is for the collective. The staff, technical team and each player. This journey has been tough but we soldiered on as a team so I will accept this on behalf of each and every player in Bafana Bafana.”

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