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Afcon: We rate SA players’ quarter-final performance


Let’s look at how SA skipper Ronwen Williams and the rest of the Bafana Bafana team performed in the quarter-final.

South Africa’s goalkeeper Ronwen Williams (centre) celebrates with teammates after winning at the end of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2024 quarter-final football match against Cape Verde at the Stade Charles Konan Banny in Yamoussoukro on February 3, 2024. Picture: FRANCK FIFE, AFP

The astonishing performance of Ronwen Williams in Saturday’s Afcon quarter-final against Cape Verde could well be the premier individual achievement of the 2023 continental marquee event.

Let’s look at how Williams and the rest of the Bafana Bafana team performed in the quarter-final.

Ronwen Williams 10/10

Another brilliant performance by South Africa’s shot-stopper. He was deservedly named player of the match after four stunning saves in the penalty shoot-out. One could not ask for more from the goalmouth custodian.

Aubrey Modiba 7

Modiba showed composure at left back in a workmanlike performance. He fought hard in the duels and made first-time clearances. He is always up for sending in goalmouth crosses when he moves down the flank, as he tries to spark attacking forays from deep options.

Mothobi Mvala 8

Mvala is becoming the darling of the fans after solid performances in the centre of defence. He stands up to the most physical opponents and tackles hard, as the Cape Verdeans found out. Did well with his clearances.

Grant Kekana 8

Was a standout performer. He proved reliable when called on to make clearances. He fought hard in duels when opponents looked to pass him. Interestingly, every time he plays, the side has kept a clean sheet.

Khuliso Mudau 8

Right back Mudau was once again a real workhorse in defence. He does well with passes from deep options and helps with setting up attacking opportunities. He made several excellent clearances. Cape Verde winger Garry Rodrigues gave him a hard time.

Sphephelo Sithole 7

Sithole continues to fly under the radar and works hard as a defensive midfielder. Didn’t have his best game but proved his nuisance value in midfield where he is constantly in the face of opponents. He continues to cement his place in the run-on XI.

Teboho Mokoena 8

Mokoena proved and handful for the Cape Verdeans were unable to curb his outstanding display in the engine room. The islanders enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, but Mokoena still managed to boss the midfield when the opposition were trying to make headway on attack.

Percy Tau 6

Tau is still not at his best but he is still one of the key players in the team because of his experience. The opposition know his worth and they tend to keep an eye on him, and that frees up others around him to enjoy greater freedom.

Themba Zwane 7

Zwane was not at best but still a key player in the side. He was singled out for attention as Cape Verde marked him closely. Surprisingly, he played the full 90 minutes as coach Hugo Broos banked on him to provide a moment of brilliance.

Thapelo Morena 6

He was largely ineffective on the night and lost possession on occasions. He still has a lot to offer and he may retain his place in the team for Wednesday’s clash against Nigeria. Made one or two crucial passes which needed to find a teammate to be useful.

Evidence Makgopa 7

Proved his worth as a strong runner up front. He could do with more feeds and then his play could blossom. Broos has done a good job with him, and we still have to see his best performance at the continental showpiece. He is due for another goal.


Thapelo Maseko 6

Replaced Morena just passed the hour mark but then suffered a hamstring injury later.

Mihlali Mayembela 6

The Aris Limassol midfielder came close to scoring for Bafana in the extra time but was denied.

Jayden Adams 6

He came on in added time for Zwane and looked in really good form. He could be one for the future.

Herman Gibbs

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