South Africa triumphed over a wasteful Cape Verde in a penalty shootout and is set to confront the Super Eagles in the semifinals

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The thrilling encounter between South Africa’s Bafana Bafana and Cape Verde’s Blue Sharks in the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals on Saturday extended into extra time and penalties before South Africa secured a 2-1 victory.

Facing a setback, Cape Verde lost their first three penalties, with former Manchester United player Bebe missing the opening shot.

South Africa’s goalkeeper Ronwen Williams emerged as the hero, making four crucial saves in the penalty shootout at the Charles Konan Banny Stadium in Yamoussoukro.

The intense clash witnessed both teams starting brightly in an open first half, with stellar defensive performances from Williams and Cape Verde’s Vozinha ensuring a deadlock at halftime.

Despite intensified efforts during the added 30 minutes of extra time, the scoreboard remained untouched, leading to a high-stakes penalty shootout.

South Africa’s advancement to the AFCON semi-finals sets the stage for further excitement in the prestigious tournament.

Williams, with his match-winning contributions, earned accolades, marking the Bafana Bafana’s semi-finals appearance for the first time since 2000.

They will face Nigeria on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at the Stade de Bouaké, Ivory Coast.

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