Ronwen Williams trusts South Africa's defense against Osimhen, Lookman, Simon

Posted : 07 February 2024

South Africa's captain, Ronwen Williams, took on media responsibilities on the eve of the highly anticipated 2023 Africa Cup of Nations semifinal clash against Nigeria. One of the key questions posed to him was about the prospect of facing Super Eagles forwards Moses Simon, Victor Osimhen, and Ademola Lookman.

 

The trio of Nigerian players has played pivotal roles in their team's success, contributing to all six goals scored by Jose Peseiro's squad. Lookman has notched three goals, Osimhen found the net once, and secured a crucial penalty in the hard-fought 1-0 victory over Ivory Coast, while Simon forced an own goal against Equatorial Guinea.

 

South Africa's defensive prowess has been a standout feature, with an impressive run of four consecutive clean sheets. Williams, undeterred, expressed his lack of nervousness ahead of facing the Super Eagles and conveyed his confidence in Bafana Bafana's defense to contain Osimhen, Lookman, and Simon.

 

"Definitely. We are looking forward to the challenge. It's going to be tough but we've been facing similar players throughout the tournament, and I think our defense has been rock solid," assured Williams. He emphasized the collective effort, stating, "It's not about me; it's about the team. We pride ourselves in our defending, you can see our strikers assist us."

 

Williams praised the outstanding performance of the back four throughout the tournament and acknowledged the upcoming match as a tough challenge. Despite Nigeria being favored on paper, having won their previous three encounters against Bafana Bafana at the Africa Cup of Nations, Williams expressed the team's eagerness to face this formidable opponent in the ongoing tournament.

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