Lower league club FC Cape Town sprang one of the greatest shocks in South African FA Cup history with a 2-0 triumph over Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday.
On-loan teenager Lyle Lakey fired the second-tier side ahead on 19 minutes at a packed Botshabelo Stadium east of Bloemfontein and Cameroonian Samuel Eboule Bille headed the other goal midway through the second half.
Chiefs, winners of the League Cup two weeks ago and one of the most popular and successful clubs in the host nation of the 2010 World Cup, created scoring chances only to be foiled by acrobatic goalkeeper Thembalethu Moses.
Slovak coach Jozef Vukusic joined Cape Town only six weeks ago and appeared dazed at the final whistle as his blue-clad heroes booked a quarter-finals place. "I am very happy for my players and the club. Defensively we were fantastic. Chiefs are used to this type of game while for us it was a unique occasion," he said.
Cape Town defender and official man of the match Francois Adams added: "It was all about belief and organisation. What an awesome experience. I enjoyed every minute of it."
Goalkeeper goat becomes hero
Pretoria University goalkeeper Siya Mngoma failed to convert a shootout kick then saved two in a row as the 2009 runners-up completed a great day for lower league sides by ousting Jomo Cosmos 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
Title holders Moroka Swallows were eliminated Saturday on penalties after a 2-2 draw against AmaZulu and Free State Stars took a similar route to success following a 1-1 stalemate with Ajax Cape Town. Swallows trailed, led, and conceded a late equaliser against 10 men before Phumelele Bhengu fired wide after each team had converted their mandatory five spot kicks to hand the visitors a 6-5 win on penalties in Soweto.
Ntokozo Sikhakhane scored the lone first half goal before the Birds hit back with two in three minutes from a Marc van Heerden own goal and Morgan Shivambu and Sandile Gumede levelled two minutes from full-time. Van Heerden was sent off for a cynical, off-the-ball foul just after Swallows edged ahead and AmaZulu struggled until sluggish defending gifted Gumede a chance to beat Nigerian goalkeeper Greg Etafia.
It was the second significant cup scalp for an AmaZulu team coached by 1996 African Nations Cup-winning skipper Neil Tovey after eliminating champions SuperSport United from the League Cup, also on penalties.
Zambia African Nations Cup goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene was the Free State hero near Cape Town, scoring and making two saves in the shootout as Ajax suffered a surprise exit. Nhlanhla Shabalala scored for the Cape Town 'Urban Warriors' on 22 minutes and Stars substitute Aleni Lebyane made an instant impact, creating the late first half equaliser for Kingston Nkhatha within a minute of coming on.