Cape Town City booked their place in the MTN8 Cup semifinals after defeating Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday night.
The two teams went into the quarterfinal encounter seeking nothing but a victory in the City of Cape Town.
The home side fired the first warning when Bhongolethu Jayiya forced Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune into a save just four minutes into the game.
Chiefs were then punished for poor marking three minutes later when unmarked Matt Sim fired past Khune from close range making it 1-0 to City.
William Twala sent a volleyed cross across the face of the City goal in the 24th minute, but nobody was present to deflect it home.
Eight minutes later, Tsepo Masilela’s curling cross deflected off City defender Aubrey Modiba and keeper Shu-Aib Walters made an easy save.
City nearly doubled their lead on the stroke of halftime, but Chiefs’ Lorenzo Gordinho made a great defensive block to deny Lehlohonolo Majoro a goal.
Rolande Putsche pulled the trigger from range eight minutes after the restart and Chiefs keeper Khune collected at the second attempt.
In the 56th minute, City head coach Eric Tinkler made his first change pulling out Lebogang Manyama for another attacker Aubrey Ngoma.
The former Orlando Pirates winger played a cross for Putsche ten minutes later and City midfielder sliced his attempt wide of the target.
Amakhosi had a chance to equalise in the 78th minute, but Ramahlwe Mphahlele’s effort was well-saved by City keeper Walters.
The lanky shot-stopper made great late saves to deny Edward Manqele and Emmanuel Letlotlo to ensure that City emerged 1-0 winners on the night.