Ronwen Williams: Bafana Bafana Star Reacts After Winning AFCON 2023 Golden Glove Ahead of Nwabali

Ronwen Williams: Bafana Bafana Star Reacts After Winning AFCON 2023 Golden Glove Ahead of Nwabali

Raphael Abiola
updated at February 13, 2024 at 7:56 AM
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  • Ronwen Williams has shared remarks after winning the best goalkeeper at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations
  • The Bafana Bafana captain won the award ahead of fellow Premier Soccer League player Stanley Nwabali
  • The South African national team captain also gave credit to the people who helped him clinch the award

South Africa national team goalkeeper, Ronwen Williams, has commented on winning the Golden Glove award at the just concluded 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

The Mamelodi Sundowns star beat fellow Premier Soccer League goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali, to the award after keeping one more clean sheet than the Nigerian shot-stopper.

Nwabali was on course to win the award, but the two goals he conceded in the final against Ivory Coast made him lose the battle to the Bafana Bafana captain.

Ronwen Williams receives the Golden Glove award from President of FIFA Gianni Infantino during the prize-giving ceremony at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. Photo: Daniel Beloumou Olomo.
Ronwen Williams receives the Golden Glove award from President of FIFA Gianni Infantino during the prize-giving ceremony at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. Photo: Daniel Beloumou Olomo.
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The Sundowns goalkeeper kept five clean sheets and conceded only three goals in the competition, compared to Nwabali's four clean sheets and four goals conceded.

Five clean sheets kept by Williams is a record in the competition, and the goalkeeper gave honour to every South African player in the squad, according to a report by FARPost.

"It is not me alone; I give credit to every player; I did not do it alone. And it is so funny that on Sunday maybe 80% of the players came to me and said Nigeria need to concede today so that we can get Golden Glove award," he said.
"It is props to every player, especially the defence as well. They were so solid from the first match up until the last, just to keep going, to keep fighting."

Nwabali accepts Williams as best goalkeeper

Sports Brief earlier reported on Nwabali accepting that Williams deserves to win the Golden Glove at the AFCON 2023 after the brilliant performance from both goalkeepers.

The Chippa United goalkeeper had a good run in the competition as he conceded four goals which three were from open play, but Williams still bettered it.

The South African goalkeeper made a name for himself in the tournament during Bafana Bafana's quarter-final clash with Cape Verde, in which he saved four penalties during the shoot-outs.

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Raphael Abiola
Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.