There was little trouble for the ‘big four’ of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United as they booked Telkom Knockout semi-final seats at the weekend.
All progressed relatively comfortably into the last four, with the Brazilians the most impressive as they thrashed Free State Stars 6-1 in Bethlehem on Sunday.
Ea Lla Koto would have expected to put up a far better showing, considering they had been unbeaten since the appointment of Ernst Middendorp last month.
They had won four out of their previous five games, but were no match for the on-song Brazilians at Goble Park.
The Pretoria side took the lead through Mogakolodi Ngele (22) midway through the opening period, before an own goal by Daouda Diakite (26) and a Keagan Dolly (36) meant they lead 3-0.
Danny Venter (45) pulled a goal back before the interval, but Themba Zwane (68), Bongani Zungu (71) and Katlego Mashego (75) all scored after the break to seal an emphatic win.
The three games on Saturday also went according to reputation.
Pirates kicked off the action when they played out-of-form Maritzburg United in Orlando.
The Bucs took the lead midway through the opening half through Kermit Erasmus (25) and never looked back. Mpho Makola (47) added a second after the break to hand Eric Tinkler’s a routine 2-0 win.
The early evening kick-off between Chiefs and Mpumalanga Black Aces was the closest quarter-final, but the Soweto giants still proved too strong at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.
Steve Komphela’s men lead 2-0 by the break after goals from Camaldine Abraw (3) and Erick Mathoho (23).
Sibusiso Masina (78) pulled one back late on as the visitors held on for a 2-1 triumph.
Finally, another out-of-sorts team in SuperSport United were thankful to Jeremy Brockie for a 3-1 win over Lamontville Golden Arrows in Polokane.
Kingston Nkhatha (32) opened the scoring, before his New Zealand strike partner Brockie added goals in the 85th and 86th minutes. Chris Katjiukua (89) scored a late consolation for Abafana Bes’thende at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.