Ronwen Williams received historical references in history books after his African Cup of Nations tournaments
Bafana Bafana captain Ronwen Williams is making headlines after his Africa Cup of Nations heroics. Bafana Bafana booked their semi-final spot after edging Cape Verde 2-1 in a tense penalty shootout.
The win saw South Africa making it to the semi-finals for the first time in 24 years. However, the win also saw Ronwen Williams go down in the history books of FIFA and South Africa.
RONWEN WILLIAMS GOES DOWN IN THE HISTORY BOOKS AFTER AFCON HEROICS
Williams pulled four incredible saves during the shootout. The saves saw him winning the Man of the Match award and becoming the first keeper to save four penalties in the tournament’s history.
According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ronwen Williams became the first goalkeeper to save four penalties in a single TotalEnergies AFCON shootout. This hasn’t happened since the start of the competition in February 1957.
— CAF (@CAF_Online) February 4, 2024
However, reports say he is one of the few goalkeepers to archive this feat across several Fifa major tournaments. The 32-year-old goalkeeper also became the first goalkeeper to keep four consecutive in Afcon.
Back home, he went down in history books as the first goalkeeper to save four penalties in Bafana’s history. Against the news, social media was abuzz with congratulatory messages as fans across the globe celebrated his heroics.
Their win against Cape Verde booked them a semi-final spot against Nigeria. The clash against the Super Eagles takes place on Wednesday, 7 February at 19:00.
The other semi-final leg will see hosts Ivory Coast face DR Congo on the same day at 22:00. The final takes place on Saturday, 10 February.