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Cape Verde Coach Reacts To AFCON Exit After Williams Heroics


YAMOUSSOUKRO, IVORY COAST – FEBRUARY 03: Cape Verde players during the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations, quarter final match between Cape Verde and South Africa at Stade Charles Konan Banny on February 03, 2024 in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast. (Photo by Segun Ogunfeyitimi/Gallo Images)8BIM

Cape Verde head coach Bobista has commented on his crashing out of the Africa Cup of Nations at the hands of Bafana Bafana after Ronwen Williams’ heroics.

The two nations played out a draw in regulation time just as they did in the 2013 tournament, however the game went all the way to penalties.

Williams pulled off an incredible four saves during the shoot-out as South Africa advanced to their final semi-final since 2000.

Read: Nigeria Advance To AFCON Semi-Finals

The Blue Sharks coach insists that players who took their penalties were the best ones for the job.

“Congratulations to South African. We wanted to win the match, but this is football. In my opinion, we had several chances to win this match. We have a good team, and we also faced a good competitor. We had several chances to kill the match, but we were not able to,” Bobista said, as per CAF’s websit.

We had a good journey, and we also deserved to be in the semi-finals. Our people will be happy with what we presented in the competition.

We were the best in some phases of this match, and you know in such competitions, when you fail to score it will be complicated, and as for penalty kicks, sometimes there is luck.

The players who took the penalties are the best in our team, but when you are tired it is difficult. I am proud of our players, they showed their character.”

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