The South Africans could not win after 90 minutes, but their goalkeeper ensured they sealed a place in the semi-final of the AFCON
South Africa have sealed a date with Nigeria in the semi-final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations after defeating Cape Verde via penalties in the quarter-final, Soccernet.ng reports.
Nigeria qualified for the semi-finals of the AFCON after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Angola on Friday, and the game between Cape Verde and South Africa would decide their opponents.
The game between Cape Verde and South Africa took place at the Charles Konan Banny Stadium. Both teams were evenly matched by quality, and the game failed to produce a winner after 120 minutes of action.
The game eventually progressed into a penalty shoot-out, and that was where South African goalkeeper Ronwen Williams stole the show. The Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper saved four Cape Verde penalties to help Bafana Bafana win 2-1.
South Africa’s victory means that they will take on Nigeria in the semi-final of the competition. The game will take place on Wednesday at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake.
South Africa and Nigeria are two sides that have a lot of history. The game is always a serious rivalry, and it promises to be an interesting fixture.