AFCON 2023: Cameroon Legend Jokes You Need “Juju” to Save 4 Penalties Like Ronwen Williams, Video

AFCON 2023: Cameroon Legend Jokes You Need “Juju” to Save 4 Penalties Like Ronwen Williams, Video

Robert Abong'o
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Joseph Antoine Bell shared a light moment with media on Bafana's Ronwen Williams
  • The former Indomitable Lions goalkeeper joked one needed 'juju' to save four penalties
  • The Sundowns goalkeeper single-handedly secured South Africa an AFCON semifinal

Cameroonian football legend, Joseph Antoine Bell, injected humour into discussions about Ronwen Williams' exceptional performance in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 penalty shootout.

Bell, renowned for his goalkeeping prowess, shared his thoughts during a press conference organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Technical Study Group in Abidjan on Monday, February 5.

Expressing doubt that another goalkeeper could replicate Williams' feat, Bell playfully credited a touch of 'Juju' for the South African shot-stopper's four crucial saves in the nail-biting quarter-final clash against Cape Verde on Saturday, February 3.

Joseph Antoine Bell joked one needs ;Juju' to save penalties like Bafana goalkeeper Ronwen Williams . Photos: Mark Leech Franck Fife.
Joseph Antoine Bell was impressed by Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Ronwen Williams. Photos: Mark Leech Franck Fife.
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The Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper's heroics secured a 2-1 victory for Bafana Bafana, propelling them to their first AFCON semi-final since 2000.

Bell's humorous remark left the press room in laughter, stressing the extraordinary nature of Williams' achievement.

“The more efficient saying is ‘Juju’…” joked Bell, as captured by Sports Brief.

Williams' historic performance matched Andre Arendse's record from the 1996 tournament in South Africa.

South Africa's head coach, Hugo Broos, praised Williams for his outstanding contribution to the success of the penalty shootout.

The victory set up a semi-final clash against Nigeria on Wednesday, February 7, at the Stade de la Paix, Bouake.

Joseph Antoine Bell's Cameroon legacy

Reflecting on Bell's legacy as a former goalkeeper for the Indomitable Lions, his influence resonates in Cameroon's football history.

He had an impressive career record, including 12 African Cup matches, conceding only three goals and maintaining nine clean sheets, as reported by BNN Breaking.

His contributions played a crucial role in establishing Cameroon's reputation on the global football stage.

In a recent prediction for the round of 16 clash between Cameroon and Nigeria, Bell, in a conversation with former Super Eagles' media officer Toyin Ibitoye, anticipated a "good game" and stressed that the best team would emerge victorious.

“I hope Cameroon will improve its game because what we’ve seen so far has not been good,” Bell told Daily Post Nigeria.

Bafana Bafana’s AFCON 2023 prize money soars

Sports Brief reported that the prize money South Africa will receive has gone up after their successful exploits against Cape Verde.

The tournament winner in Cote d'Ivoire will receive R132 million, while the runner-up will get R75 million.

The two semi-finalists will receive R47 million, and each of the four quarter-finalists R24 million.

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