Bafana Bafana’s Ronwen Williams up against Bounou in intense battle for CAF award 2023

Bafana Bafana’s Ronwen Williams up against Bounou in intense battle for CAF award 2023
Credit: Icon sport

The race for the Goalkeeper of the Year (MEN) award is heating up, with two outstanding contenders standing out on the shortlist.

Bafana Bafana‘s Ronwen Williams, the reigning South African champion with Mamelodi Sundowns, finds himself up against Morocco' s Yassine Bounou, a World Cup semi-finalist and Europa League champion.

Bafana Bafana's Ronwen Williams: A season of triumph with Sundowns

Williams had a remarkable season, securing the title of South African Champion with Mamelodi Sundowns.

His standout performances between the goalposts played a crucial role in Sundowns' success, adding another trophy to the club's illustrious history.

Notably, the goalkeeper played a pivotal role in Sundowns' conquest of the inaugural African Football League, showcasing his skill and composure in high-stakes situations.

His accolades and contributions make him a formidable candidate for the Goalkeeper of the Year (MEN) award.

On the other side of the competition stands Bounou, representing Morocco with an impressive resume.

As a World Cup semi-finalist and Europa League champion, Bounou has etched his name on the international football scene.

His performances between the posts have not only contributed to Morocco's success on the global stage but have also solidified his reputation as a goalkeeper of exceptional caliber.

Shortlist for Goalkeeper of the Year (MEN) award

  • Ronwen Williams
  • Yassine Bounou
  • Mohammed El Shenawy
  • Andr√© Onana
  • Edouard Mendy

Bafana Bafana's Percy Tau: A triple threat in contention for Interclub Player of the Year (MEN) award

Percy Tau of Al Ahly during the African Football League 2023
Credit: Icon sport

Bafana Bafana's Percy Tau has carved out a formidable reputation as a football sensation, earning a well-deserved spot on the shortlist for the Interclub Player of the Year (MEN) award.

Tau's stellar performances with Al Ahly, the Egyptian football giants, have propelled him to the forefront of the African football stage.

Bafana Bafana winger's journey to the top has been marked by his exceptional performances and a string of victories with Al Ahly.

As an Egyptian Champion, Tau played a crucial role in Al Ahly's domestic success, showcasing his skill, versatility, and goal-scoring prowess.

His contributions extended to the Egyptian Super Cup, where Al Ahly emerged victorious, further solidifying Tau's impact on the team.

However, the pinnacle of Tau's achievements came with Al Ahly's triumph in the CAF Champions League. The South African's influence on the pitch played a pivotal role in securing continental glory.

Shortlist for the Interclub Player of the Year (MEN) award

  • Aymen Mahious
  • Zineddine Belaid
  • Fiston Mayele
  • Mahmoud Abdelmoneim
  • Mohammed El Shenawy
  • Yahia Attiyat Allah
  • Yahya Jabrane
  • Peter Shalulile
  • Percy Tau
  • Ali Maaloul

This article was most recently revised and updated 8 months ago

Rababe Koussaimi, a 22-year-old journalist, is deeply passionate about the world of sports. She grew up in a footballing environment, supporting both Bayern Munich and Wydad Athletic Club. She began her English journalism career by hosting a podcast for the first English radio station in Morocco. Currently, the Moroccan journalist channels her enthusiasm into writing and conducting extensive research, creating insightful and engaging content for GoalBall Live readers.