The first round of MTN8 games didn’t disappoint with a total of 17 goals scored over the past weekend. The week also marked the start of the 2014/15 South African football season.
Defending champions Platinum Stars, ambitious Bidvest Wits and Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs all reached the semifinals of the MTN8 with contrasting victories over the weekend.
Dikwena caused the biggest upset by stunning the big-spending Brazilians 2-1, while Amakhosi mauled competition debutants Mpumalanga Black Aces 4-0 in possibly the pick of the games.
The quarterfinals kicked off on Friday night when the Students edged out Siwelele 4-3 on penalties after the match ended goalless in 120 minutes at the Bidvest Stadium.
Home captain Sibusiso Vilakazi and visiting forward Frank Mhango had wasted the best chances for their sides during regulation time, and Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane saved spot-kicks from Alfred Ndengane and Limbikani Mzava to sneak the win.
On Saturday, Sundowns were hoping to make a positive start to the new campaign after ending the last one so strongly, but they faulted badly in front of their own fans at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.
Pitso Mosimane’s men were on the back foot from the outset, falling behind when Vuyo Mere netted from the penalty spot after just seven minutes.
New Stars signing Ndumiso Mabena doubled the lead after 15 minutes to stun the hosts even further, with Teko Modise eventually scoring what was only a consolation goal a minute from full time.
Later on Saturday, the Buccaneers squandered stacks of chances as they overpowered a disjointed SuperSport United 2-1 at the Orlando Stadium.
Daine Klate (33) and Kermit Erasmus (39) gave Pirates the lead, but they should have been further ahead as the latter missed two gilt-edge chances and Thabo Matlaba struck the upright.
David Mathebula (69) pulled a goal back to give Matsatsantsa hope, but they failed to conjure up an equaliser sending the hosts through.
Finally, a brace from Mandla Masango helped Chiefs thump AmaZayoni at FNB Stadium on Sunday.
Reneilwe Letsholonyane opened the scoring within 120 seconds of kick-off and Kingston Nkhatha doubled the lead in the fifth minute. Masango then netted in the 60th and 90th minutes to clinch a one-sided win.