South Africa will face Swaziland in the semifinals of the 2016 Cosafa Castle Cup after they beat Zambia 4-2 on penalties at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on Sunday afternoon.
After 90 minutes without a goal, penalties duly followed. Sihlangu Semnikati missed their opening penalty, but Sandile Ginindza turned things around - saving two before executing a perfect Panenka penalty to break Zambian hearts.
It is the second year running that the four-time Cosafa Cup champions exit the Cup competition at the quarterfinal stage following a penalty shoot-out.
The first-half produced plenty of goalmouth action with Sabelo Ndzinisa and Felix Badenhorst going close for Swaziland. Ndzinisa should have done better with his attempt on the half-hour mark, but he could only manage to test Danny Munyao before Badenhorst was unlucky not to open scoring a minute later.
The reported Kaizer Chiefs transfer target headed home for what looked a legitimate goal, but the assistants flag was wrongfully raised for offside.
Wonder Nhleko squandered a glorious chance to open the scoring four minutes after the interval, pushing his shot wide from point-blank range.
Chipolopolo almost made him pay seconds later when Conlyde Luchanga guided his attempt onto the post and out of danger.
In the end the clash would be decided from 12 yards with Swaziland coming up trumps to keep their hopes of a first Cosafa Cup title alive.
Zambia (0) 0
Swaziland (0) 0
Swaziland won 4-2 on penalties
Zambia: Munyao; Malama, Mfune, Chama, Museka - Zulu, Katema, Phiri (Ngulube 75'), Chikandiwa (Sautu 60') - Luchanga (Daka 68'), Mbewe
Swaziland: Ginindza; Mabila, M.Dlamini, Mdluli, Gamendze - Nhleko, Ndlovu, Lukhele, Tsabedze - Badenhorst, Ndzinisa (Nxumalo 88')