Ajax Cape Town, Bloemfontein Celtic, Platinum Stars and Bidvest Wits were the major casualties from the opening round of the Telkom Knockout played over the past weekend.
Big guns Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns both progressed, while Orlando Pirates’ fate will only be decided at the end of the week when their game against University of Pretoria will be played.
But the main teams to fall were recent competition winners Dikwena and Siwelele, as well as the Students and recently crowned MTN8 champions Ajax, who slipped to a surprise loss to Lamontville Golden Arrows.
The Urban Warriors lost 1-0 in KwaZulu-Natal, falling to a Gladwin Shitolo (71) strike during the second half at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi.
That clash was on Saturday when there was a also another surprise result when Free State Stars overcame 2011 runners-up Bidvest Wits by the same 1-0 scoreline at Goble Park.
Danny Venter proved to be the match-winner in Bethlehem when he netted a 72nd minute decider.
There were no such upsets later on Saturday when Sundowns had little trouble in dispatching Chippa United with a comfortable 2-0 triumph in Atteridgeville.
Second-half goals from Keagan Dolly (60) and Hlompho Kekana (86) did the trick for the Brazilians as they reached the last eight with relative ease.
In the two games on Sunday, both the 2012 and 2013 champions fell.
Dikwena, the competition winners two years back, were dispatched 3-0 by a rampant Chiefs at the Moruleng Stadium.
However, Cavin Johnson’s side had been in the contest most of the way. They trailed to n Erick Mathoho (44) strike until stoppage time at the end when Siphelele Mthembu and George Maluleka scored to add a one-sided look to the scoreline.
Amakhosi were also joined in the quarter-final draw on Sunday by Mpumalanga Black Aces, who ousted Celtic 3-2 on penalties at the Free State Stadium.
After a goalless encounter in Bloemfontein, Jackson Mabokgwane proved to be the hero when he saved from Geoffrey Massa and Bevan Fransman as the 2012 winners were dumped out.
The weekend had kicked off with an entertaining affair between Maritzburg United and Jomo Cosmos at the Harry Gwala Stadium.
It was Clive Barker’s first game in charge of the hosts and he inspired a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Siyabulela Shai (45) and Kurt Lentjies (55). Frederic Nsabiyumva (75) netted with what proved to be a consolation as the home side held on for a first win of the season.
The competition had kicked off last Wednesday when defending champions SuperSport United beat Polokwane City 2-1 at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Thuso Phala (5) and Dove Wome (26) were on target for Matsatsantsa, while Puleng Tlolane (12) netted for Rise and Shie.
The final match of the round between the Bucs and AmaTuks was delayed due to the Soweto side’s involvement in the CAF Confederation Cup.