Williams saves the day, helps South Africa finish third


South African captain Ronwen Williams has done it again, making two penalty saves in the shootout to beat Congo 6-5 on penalties for the Bafana Bafana to finish third at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Their match on Saturday (Sunday AEDT) had ended 0-0 after normal time. No extra time was played.

Williams, who made four penalty saves in the quarter-final win over Cape Verde, saved Chancel Mbemba's fifth penalty for Congo to keep his team in the match, then saved Meschack Elia's effort to win it.

Teboho Mokoena hit the left post with South Africa's first penalty, before both teams' players scored until Mbemba was poised to win it. Williams guessed correctly and saved in the bottom left corner.

It ensured the Bafana Bafana won without creating a clear goal chance in regular time.

Silas Katompa Mvumpa had the best early chance when he only had the goalkeeper to beat, but Williams reacted well and was able to pounce on the ballt.

The Leopards went on to create the better opportunities.

Williams got down low to thwart Simon Banza early in the second half, Silas missed another great opportunity in the 65th, and Fiston Mayele went just wide in the final minute of normal time.

Yoane Wissa fired the last good chance to the right and wide in stoppage time.

South African star Percy Tau missed the match with an injury.

In the semi-finals, South Africa lost to Nigeria, and Congo lost to Ivory Coast.

Host nation Ivory Coast play three-time champions Nigeria in the final on Sunday (Monday AEDT).