Mamelodi Sundowns are into the Telkom Knockout semi-finals after travelling to Port Elizabeth to beat Chippa United.
Coach Pitso Mosimane started with Tiyani Mabunda ahead of Andile Jali, and Mauricio Affonso got his first start. Chippa also had a reshuffled team that included Xolani Mahola and Nigerian debutant Augustine Kwem.
The Nigerian needed 13 minutes to find his debut goal. Kwem finished with a composed pass-like shot into the net, thanks to a Tercious Malepe assist.
Sundowns’ equalizer would come via a penalty kick. Substitute Phakamani Mahlambi was fouled inside 12 yards early in the second stanza - and Gaston Sirino stepped up to make it 1 -1.
Chippa’s Silas Maziya restored the lead for the Chilli Boys in one of those half-cross, half-shot attempts that floated over Denis Onyango into the net just before 60 minutes.
Less than a minute later it was Sirino again with the equalizer. The Uruguayan forward tapped in a gift after goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb made a blunder to forget.
The 30 minutes of extra time came and went without any action. Though Sundowns had a chance to win it in the final minute when Mosa Lebusa failed to direct his effort towards goal inside six yards.
It was then time for Onyango to do his magic in the always dreadful penalties. The Ugandan number one saved William Twala’s first before Lehlogonolo Masalesa shot wide and handed Sundowns the win!
Chippa: Tignyemb, Damonds, Modisane, K Moyo, E Moyo, Mahola, Masalesa, Maziya, Twala, Malepe, Kwem.
Subs: Mothwa, R Manzini, L Manzini, Reid, Lentjies, Maphangule, Maphanga.
Sundowns: 14. Onyango, 27. Morena, 2. Madisha, 5. Lebusa, 4. Langerman, 13. Mabunda, 8. Kekana, 11. Vilakazi, 10. Sirino, 7. Meza, 9. Affonso.
Subs: 30. Pieterse, 16. Ngcongca, 15. Jali, 17. Mahlambi, 7. Lakay, 40. Coetzee, 21. Mkhulise.