Bronze Glory – South Africa’s Bafana Bafana Prevail Over DR Congo in AFCON Showdown

Bronze Glory – South Africa’s Bafana Bafana Prevail Over DR Congo in AFCON Showdown

In a thrilling AFCON third-place playoff, Bafana Bafana secured the bronze medal by defeating DR Congo 6-5 in a penalty shootout.

The match marked the conclusion of their remarkable tournament journeys, providing an entertaining spectacle for football enthusiasts.

90-Minute Action and Missed Opportunities:

Despite numerous chances for both sides in the 90 minutes, neither Bafana Bafana nor DR Congo could capitalize on the opportunities presented.

The end-to-end action created a tense atmosphere, leading to a penalty shootout after the final whistle of the second half.

Line-up Changes and Tactical Shifts:

Bafana Bafana made strategic changes to their lineup, introducing Nkosinathi Sibisi, Mihlali Mayambela, and Thapelo Morena.

These alterations aimed to address challenges faced in the previous match against Nigeria.

DR Congo also implemented changes to their starting team, adapting their strategy for the third-place playoff.

First-Half Action and Goalkeeping Brilliance:

The first half witnessed a strategic battle, with both teams attempting to control the pace of the game.

Bafana Bafana displayed a measured approach, while Les Léopards aggressively denied them space.

Moments of excitement occurred in both teams’ last thirds, with goalkeepers making crucial saves.

Bafana Bafana Resilience After Half-Time:

DR Congo sought to exploit signs of fatigue in Bafana Bafana during the early stages of the second half.

The Southern Africa side displayed resilience, with captain Ronwen Williams making critical saves to keep his team in the game.

Despite some tense moments, Bafana Bafana held their ground.

Penalty Shootout Drama:

As the match remained deadlocked after 90 minutes, it progressed to a penalty shootout.

Bafana Bafana emerged victorious with a 6-5 win in the penalty shootout, securing the third-place finish in AFCON.


Bafana Bafana’s victory in the penalty thriller against DR Congo not only secured the bronze medal but also added a memorable chapter to their AFCON journey, showcasing their resilience and determination.

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