South Africa beat DR Congo in shootout to finish third at AFCON

Captain and goalkeeper Ronwen Williams was the hero again as South Africa beat the Democratic Republic of Congo 6-5 on penalties in the Africa Cup of Nations third place play-off on Saturday.


After a 0-0 draw following 90 minutes in Abidjan, Williams saved spot kicks from Chancel Mbemba and Meschack Elia to give Bafana Bafana the bronze medal in the Ivory Coast.


Before Elia had his kick saved, Siyanda Xulu convert­ed to give South Africa what proved the decisive lead in the shootout.


Williams saved four shoot­out kicks last weekend to help South Africa get past Cape Verde after a goalless quar­ter-final.


DR Congo will regret many misses chances during regular time in a lively match while South Africa maintained a perfect record in third place play-offs having beaten Tunisia on penalties 24 years ago.

South Africa made three changes to the team beaten in a penalty shootout by Nige­ria after an incident-packed semi-final three days ago.


Nkosinathi Sibisi, Thapelo Morena and Mihlali Mayambe­la came in for suspended Grant Kekana and injured duo Moth­obi Mvala and Percy Tau.


DR Congo retained only two of the side that lost to hosts Ivory Coast in the other semi-fi­nal — captain and centre-back Mbemba and midfielder Sam­uel Moutoussamy.


But eight of the nine who were dropped sat on the bench, leaving French coach Sebast­ien Desabre with multiple op­tions should he wish to make changes.



Although the Congolese had less of the ball in the opening half at Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in the Ivori­an economic capital, they were the more threatening team in the attacking third.


Physically imposing Silas Mvumpa came close to break­ing the deadlock after just eight minutes, but as he tried to round Williams in the area, the goalkeeper snatched the ball. — AFP