Williams can save SA’s economy: Kekana

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Ronwen Williams of South Africa (r) embraced by teammates after Achraf Hakimi of Morocco misses penalty during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Last 16 match between Morocco and South Africa at Laurent Pokou Stadium , San Pedro, Cote dIvoire on 30 January 2024 ©BackpagePix

Bafana Bafana defender, Grant Kekana, says captain Ronwen Williams can save South Africa’s economy after his scintillating performance in the penalty shoot-out of the semi-finals of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations against Cape Verde.

Williams made two crucial saves in regulation time and saved four penalties in the shootout to guide the 1996 champions to 2-1 victory and a place in the semi-finals of the competition for the first time in 24 years, where they will face old foes Nigeria.

“World-class keeper, all I can say… I think he should be made the minister of finance, he can save South Africa’s economy,” Kekana said about the skipper’s performance.

With South Africa having kept four consecutive clean sheets since their opening Group E defeat to Mali in Korhogo, Williams has equalled the long-standing record of 1996 AFCON winner, Andre Arendse.

“I think we understand if we don’t concede, we don’t lose games. So, we try to work so hard as a team, I think we defend from the front, it gives a chance of winning the game,” Kekana added on their impressive run.

“It’s another tough opponent, Nigeria has many quality players, we’ve done so well to get this far, but we believe in ourselves, we’ll go to the drawing board, plan accordingly and give ourselves a chance at getting a positive result against them.”

South Africa will play the Super Eagles on Wednesday night (7pm).

Written by: Ntsako Mukhari

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