Bafana Bafana Triumphs: Cape Verde Shootout Drama Sends South Africa to Semis!

Ronwen Williams

In a gripping quarter-final match, Bafana Bafana and Cape Verde battled fiercely for 120 minutes, ending in a 0-0 draw. Both goalkeepers showcased their heroics during extra time, setting the stage for an intense shootout.

Mothobi Mvala stepped up to take the decisive kick for Bafana Bafana, and Williams proved to be their savior by saving his fourth penalty, securing a 2-1 shootout victory. However, luck seemed to favor South Africa, as the Blue Sharks dominated possession and created the better chances throughout the game.

Notable moments included Kevin Pina’s missed opportunity for Cape Verde, Teboho Mokoena’s powerful long-range shot for South Africa, and Themba Zwane’s scuffed attempt. Despite both teams’ efforts, the deadlock persisted.

During extra time, Cape Verde’s goalkeeper Vozinha made crucial saves, denying Mihlali Mayambela and Teboho Mokoena. The tension escalated, leading to the inevitable penalty shootout.

South Africa took an early advantage as Williams thwarted the first two spot-kicks from former Manchester United forward Bebe and Willy Semedo. Although Zakhele Lepasa missed the target, Laros Duarte’s attempt was also denied by Williams. Cape Verde’s Bryan Teixeira finally found the net, but it was Mothobi Mvala who clinched victory for South Africa, sealing their place in the semi-finals.

 

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