Stanley Nwabali, Ronwen Williams at AFCON 2023: A Look at Goalkeepers With Most Clean Sheets

Stanley Nwabali, Ronwen Williams at AFCON 2023: A Look at Goalkeepers With Most Clean Sheets

Martin Moses
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Stanley Nwabali leads the list of goalkeepers with the most clean sheets at AFCON 2023
  • The Nigeria keeper is at par with South Africa's Ronwen Williams after their February 7 meeting
  • Sports Brief brings you a list of the goalkeepers who have kept two or more clean sheets

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations is firmly in its business end with Nigeria through to the final.

In a tournament that saw heavyweights like Algeria and Ghana exit in the group stage, more have followed, with Morocco and Senegal among the ones failing at the first knockout stage.

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Ademola Lookman celebrates after scoring Nigeria's second goal against Cameroon on January 27. Photo by Haykel Hmima.
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The Ivory Coast edition has been hailed as one of the best so far. From immaculate refereeing to vintage goals to minnows bringing their A-game, it promises to be remembered by many generations to come.

But for every success, there has to be a drawback. Defending and goalkeeping have taken a backseat across the six stadia in Ivory Coast.

Before day three of the round of 16 fixtures on January 28, 94 goals have already been scored at this tournament compared to the 100 goals we saw in the entire 2022 edition.

Despite this, Nigeria's Stanley Nwabali has proven to be a rock for the Super Eagles, with Jose Peseiro carving out a defensive acumen. Nwabali has only conceded twice(before the final) and, alongside Williams, leads the list of goalkeepers with the most clean sheets at the tournament.

Ronwen Williams has also become an important part of Hugo Broos' tactical set-up for South Africa. The Masandawana goalkeeper saved four penalties in their quarter-final shoot-out against Cape Verde. In normal time, he has kept five clean sheets.

Goalkeepers with most clean sheets AFCON 2023

Sports Brief takes a look at the leading contenders for the goalkeeper of the tournament Lionel Mpasi-Nzau

Rank

Player

Nation

Matches Played

Goals Conceded

Clean sheets

1

Ronwen Williams

South Africa

7

3

5

2

Stanley Nwabali

Nigeria

7

3

4

3

Vozinha

Cape Verde

5

2

3

4

Edouard Mendy

Senegal

3

1

2

5

Yassine Bounou

Morocco

4

1

2

6

Djigui Diarra

Mali

5

4

2

7

Ibrahim Kone

Guinea

5

6

2

8

Neblu

Angola

4

3

2

9

Lloyd Junior Kazapua

Namibia

4

7

2

Stats courtesy of Transfermarkt.com.

Nwabali's provides status update

Meanwhile, Nwabali discussed his current injury status after the game against Cameroon. The Chippa United keeper had to be stretchered off and was replaced by Francis Uzoho.

He remains a doubt for the AFCON quarter-final game against Angola after he confirmed to Sports Brief that he was still feeling pain ahead of an assessment by the team doctors.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)