Absa Premiership clubs Chippa United and AmaZulu were the biggest casualties in the opening round of the Nedbank Cup over the weekend, while the most impressive winners were Ajax Cape Town and Black Leopards.
The Chilli Boys, presently 11th in the league, were stunned by amateurs Natal United on Saturday, with struggling Usuthu ousted by National First Division (NFD) leaders Lamontville Golden Arrows.
Both shocks came away from home with KwaZulu-Natal ABC Motsepe outfit United winning a penalty shoot-out 4-2 in Nelson Mandela Bay.
It was a stunning upset at the Wolfson Stadium where Smart Ndlovu’s men, who play in South Africa’s third tier, showed little sign of the expected gulf in class.
The men from Msinga, between Dundee and Greytown in northern KwaZulu-Natal, held their own for the 120 minutes of play, before prevailing on spot-kicks.
That ensured they will be in the hat for the last 16 draw to be held later this week.
There was another major upset to start the weekend when Abafana Bes’thende stunned the Premiership’s bottom club 2-1 in KwaMashu thanks to a Mabhudi Khenyeza (45+2) free-kick and Roscoe Pietersen (70) own goal.
AmaZulu had taken the lead in the 10th minute through a Bornwell Mwape goal, but they again folded in what was a local derby.
Elsewhere, Kaizer Chiefs had little trouble against another amateur side, Edu Sport, who they crushed 4-0 in Johannesburg thanks to a hat-trick by Siphelele Mthembu at FNB Stadium.
Mthembu struck in the 18th and 63rd minutes, before Katlego Mphela (84) made it 3-0. The former completed his hat-trick deep into stoppage time to seal a resounding win against a club that plies its trade in the Gauteng SAB Regional League.
Also on Saturday, Black Leopards secured the biggest win on the day, ousting FC Cape Town 6-2 in Thohoyandou.
In Pretoria, a powerful Alje Schut (52) header and a Teko Modise (75) penalty helped Mamelodi Sundowns secure a 2-0 win over NFD side Thanda Royal Zulu.
In KaMhlushwa and Tzaneen, two of the other ABC Motsepe clubs, Phiva Young Stars and Bellevue Winners Park, also bowed out, but not after brave showings.
Phiva slipped to a 2-1 extra-time loss at the hands of NFD outfit Jomo Cosmos, while Bellevue fell to second-tier Vasco da Gama in extra time.
In Johannesburg, Moeneeb Josephs was the hero for Bidvest Wits, saving from Rudolf Bester in a penalty shoot-out as the Students trumped Free State Stars 4-2 on spot-kicks. The match ended goalless after 120 minutes.
On Sunday, Ajax recorded the biggest win of the 2015 competition when they crushed Northern Cape amateurs Mainstay United 9-1 in Kimberley.
Toriq Losper, Franklin Cale, Noah Sadaoui and Robin Ngalande all scored two goals each, with the other one coming from Abbubaker Mobara.
Both Platinum Stars and Bloemfontein Celtic beat minnows 3-0 with Dikwena overcoming The Magic FC in Rustenburg thanks to an Eleazar Rodgers brace and a Vincent Khumalo goal.
Siwelele won with a double from Joel Mogorosi and an own goal through Tumelo Tlou against their feeder club in Bloemfontein.
Also in the Free State, the all-NFD encounter between African Warriors and Maluti FET College went the way of the visitors, who 2-1 at the Charles Mopeli Stadium.
The Nedbank Cup kicked off on Wednesday when Mpumalanga Black Aces beat Maritzburg United 2-1 and Orlando Pirates eased to a 4-0 win over rookies Tornado FC.
Two fixtures remain this week with University of Pretoria to host Moroka Swallows and SuperSport United face Polokwane City, both fixtures scheduled for Wednesday.
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