Stars edge SuperSport for quarters spot
Free State Stars edged past struggling SuperSport United 1-0 to win a quarter-finals spot in the South African FA Cup.
Two-time cup winners SuperSport held Stars to a goalless 90 minutes, but ended up giving striker Boitumelo Sekgobela, who had been threatening all match, one chance too many. Sekgobela capitalised on indecisive SuperSport defending in the fourth minute of extra time to bounce a soft header past goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez and clinch his side's passage to the last-eight stage.
SuperSport have had a troubled season, falling to 12th place in the South African Premiership after winning the title three years straight. Their exit from the cup was the product of a lacklustre attack against Stars, currently seventh in the Premiership and chasing a first cup title. SuperSport controlled the ball for most of the game, but failed to find the back of the net playing at Stars' Goble Park Stadium in the central town of Bethlehem.
AmaZulu, runners-up to Wits University last season, proved too strong for second division side Carara Kicks and won 2-0 in Durban despite finishing with ten men after Sbusiso Hadebe was sent off for a second caution.
Ayanda Dlamini broke the deadlock on 15 minutes and leading club scorer Lehlohonolo Majoro added a second 11 minutes from full-time just after the dismissal of Hadebe.