Saturday Oct 21, 2023. 22:27
South Africa’s Carling Knockout continued this weekend, with the headline result seeing the country’s ‘cup kings’, Kaizer Chiefs, suffer a shock exit in the first round at the hands of AmaZulu on Saturday evening.
Chiefs, who have not won a major trophy since claiming the league title in 2015, will have to wait even longer to add to their silverware cabinet after succumbing 1-0 to Usuthu at the FNB Stadium in a round of 16 clash – with the visitors’ Taariq Fielies scoring the only goal of the game on 85 minutes.
The late Saturday match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium saw Sekhukhune United squeak past Royal AM 1-0 thanks to a second-half strike from Maloisane Mokhele.
The day opened with afternoon clashes in Hammarsdale and Gqeberha, as Golden Arrows put Cape Town City to the sword and Stellenbosch got the better of hosts Chippa United respectively.
At the Mpumalanga Stadium, Abafana Bes’thende proved too strong for the Citizens thanks to goals from Tebogo Tlolane, Nduduzo Sibiya and Knox Muitizwa, while the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium saw Stellies triumph over the Chilli Boys with strikes from Andre de Jong and Kgaogelo Sekgota.
The weekend’s CKO action got underway on Friday evening with a straightforward 2-0 home win for Orlando Pirates over Cape Town City in Soweto, with Thapelo Xoki and Kermis Erasmus netting for the Buccaneers.
With Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns (who were beaten on penalties by TS Galaxy in midweek) out of the competition, Pirates (who lifted the MTN8 trophy earlier this month) will now be installed as clear favourites for this League Cup competition.
The Carling Knockout will wrap up its round of 16 on Sunday 22 October with Richards Bay v Moroka Swallows and SuperSport United v Polokwane City.
Carling Knockout weekend results
Friday 20 October
Orlando Pirates 2-0 Cape Town Spurs
Saturday 21 October
Chippa United 1-2 Stellenbosch FC
Golden Arrows 3-1 Cape Town City
Kaizer Chiefs 0-1 AmaZulu
Sekhukhune United 1-0 Royal AM