Unfashionable Maritzburg United eliminated former league champions Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 today to produce the shock of the South African League Cup quarter-finals.
Namibian Rudolph Bester converted a penalty on 16 minutes at Harry Gwala Stadium and a second-half header from former South Africa defender Fabian McCarthy made the game safe.
Nigerian Felix Obada was involved in both goals with his cross needlessly handled by Vuyo Mere to gift Maritzburg a penalty and a free-kick awarded when he was fouled led to the other goal. The woodwork foiled Sundowns in the closing stages when veteran South Africa midfielder Surprise Moriri connected acrobatically with a cutback and the ball eluded goalkeeper Shuaib Walters only to strike a post and fly wide.
Although title holders Kaizer Chiefs took control after a slow start against Free State Stars at Rand Stadium in Johannesburg, they had to wait 76 minutes before breaking the deadlock. Unmarked former Stars striker Sthembiso Ngcobo tapped the ball over the line at the far post and Zimbabwean Knowledge Musona sealed success six minutes later with a glancing header past Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.
South African FIFA World Cup™ midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala impressed on his return after an injury lay-off and showed no ill effects of an armed robbery at his home during the week in which a mobile phone and wallet were taken.
Orlando Pirates continued their impressive form under coach and 1970s Dutch star Ruud Krol by outplaying SuperSport United 3-0 at Loftus Versfeld, home of southern hemisphere rugby union provincial champions Northern Bulls. Former SuperSport ace Daine Klate had an early penalty saved by England-born goalkeeper Wayne Brown, but the Buccaneers shrugged off the setback to take a ninth-minute lead through a Lucky Lekgwathi header.
Another defender, Rooi Mahamutsa, doubled the advantage on 58 minutes and Malawian Chiukepo Msowoya completed the rout midway through the second half against rivals who introduced Liberia captain Anthony Laffor at half-time.
Erwin Isaacs slammed a free kick into the top of the net two minutes before the break in Cape Town to earn dominant Santos a 1-0 win over ten-man Mpumalanga Black Aces. The kick was awarded after Isaacs was fouled by German Mark Ebrele, who received a second yellow card and was sent off, leaving an Aces team coached by former South Africa captain Neil Tovey to pose little threat.