Chiefs and SuperSport fall at the first hurdle

Chiefs and SuperSport fall at the first hurdle
Oswin Appollis of Polokwane City challenged by Abdulrazak Hamza of Supersport United during the 2023 Carling Knockout Cup last 16 match between Supersport United and Polokwane City at TUT Stadium in Pretoria on 22 October 2023 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Oct 22, 2023. 21:31

More big names toppled in the weekend’s Carling Knockout action as Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United joined Mamelodi Sundowns in suffering an early exit from the competition.

Polokwane City caused the biggest surprise in the round of 16 when they thumped SuperSport 4-1 at the TUT Stadium on Sunday evening.

First-half goals from Oswin Appollis and Ndamulelo Maphangule put Rise And Shine in the driver’s seat at the break before a brace from Hlayisi Chauke sealed their passage into the quarter-finals. Terrence Dzvukamanja netted a late consolation goal for Matsatsantsa two minutes from time.

Earlier in the day, Richards Bay received a welcome cup tonic as they secured a 2-1 victory over Moroka Swallows at the King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium.

Abel Mabaso’s 15th-minute goal handed the Natal Rich Boyz a 1-0 lead at the interval, although Gabadinho Mhango restored parity six minutes after the restart. Yamela Mbuthuma was the hero for Kaitano Tembo’s side, however, when he struck in the 61st minute to take them through to the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Kaizer 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 AmaZulu at the FNB Stadium, where Taariq Fielies scored 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 cup 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 Kermit Erasmus netting for the Buccaneers.

Carling Knockout round-of-16 results:

Friday, October 20

Orlando Pirates 2-0 Cape Town Spurs

Saturday, October 21

Golden Arrows 3-1 Cape Town City

Chippa United 1-2 Stellenbosch

Kaizer Chiefs 0-1 AmaZulu

Sekhukhune United 1-0 Royal AM

Sunday, October 22

Richards Bay 2-1 Moroka Swallows

SuperSport United 1-4 Polokwane City

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