Zimbabwean teenager Knowledge Musona snatched a late winner as Kaizer Chiefs came from behind to pip SuperSport United 2-1 Sunday in the glamour first round clash of the South African Cup.
Musona settled a fiery showdown between champions SuperSport and League Cup holders Chiefs on 88 minutes at Rand Stadium by rounding two defenders before drilling a low shot past Ugandan goalkeeper Denis Onyango at his near post.
Chiefs dominated the first half territorially without seriously troubling a SuperSport side severely depleted by injuries and fell behind three minutes before half-time. United caught their opponents napping with a slick free kick manoeuvre and Letlodi Madubanya slid the ball into the net when veteran goalkeeper Arthur Bartman failed to clear a low cross.
After torrential rain, hail and lightning delayed the start of the second half by 15 minutes, Chiefs continued to apply pressure and levelled on 64 minutes through a Mthokozisi Yende drive into the corner of the net.
Sundowns hold off minnows
Former Norwich City midfielder Matthew Pattison spared the blushes of big spenders Mamelodi Sundowns with a goal in each half as they came from behind to eliminate amateur outfit Island 3-1 in the KwaZulu-Natal town of Ulundi. Pattison equalised just before half-time and struck again on 61 minutes before Zambian Felix Katongo sealed success for the expensively assembled Prtoria club with a third goal midway through the second half.
Young Augustine Leonard scored in each half as Moroka Swallows launched their defence of the title with 2-0 home win over Lamontville Golden Arrows in Soweto. The result flattered the 'Birds' who were outshone by Arrows for much of the tie, but the Durban club who won the season-opening Top 8 Cup competition were let down by lacklustre finishing.
Relegated Jomo Cosmos upset Santos 5-4 on penalties in the Western Cape town of Wellington after a 1-1 draw with Swazi Tony Tsabedze giving the club that finished fourth in the league an early lead. Cosmos, making the drop for the second time in three years, lifted their game after half-time and Malian Sekou Camara levelled on 58 minutes just after replacing ineffective Swazi Siza Dlamini.
Striker Bradley Ritson scored in stoppage time to give AmaZulu a fortunate 1-0 victory at Maritzburg United in a kwaZulu-Natal derby that never matched expectations.
Orlando Pirates, without a trophy since 1970s Netherlands World Cup star Rudd Krol became coach last season, were another club who owed their progress to a last-gasp goal. The Buccaneers repeated a recent League Cup success over Bloemfontein Celitc by winning 2-1 in Soweto with defender Zvenyika Makonese heading the vital goal after an early Phenyo Mongala strike had been cancelled by Mark Mayambela.