Bafana Bafana are through to the AFCON semi-finals following a 2-1 win against Cape Verde 2-1 on penalties on Saturday night.

Captain Ronwen Williams saved four penalties during a tense quarter-final match at Stade Charles Konan Stadium.

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Both sides started brightly in an open first half. But stellar defending and top-class goalkeeping from Williams and Cape Verde’s Vozinha kept the game goalless at the break.

The second half followed a similar pattern as the teams traded blows in search of a breakthrough. But a combination of desperation and brilliant defending saw numerous chances go begging. 

Cape Verde almost stole it in added time when Gelson Tavares pounced on a deep ball only to smash his shot off the bar with Williams getting a hand to it. 0-0 after 90 minutes meant extra time.

Bafana Bafana are through to the AFCON semi-finals
Ronwen Williams produce a stunning save

The additional 30 minutes brought more chances, with South Africa’s Mihlali Mayambela forcing a superb save from Vozinha. But the deadlock remained to send the quarter-final into penalties.


South Africa reached the CAF AFCON semi-finals for the first time in 24 years. They will face Nigeria in the semi-finals at Stade de la Paix in Bouaké on Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, Ivory Coast will meet the Democratic Republic of Congo in the other semi-final in Abidjan.


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