Upsets aplenty as TKO kicks off

Bidvest Wits, Chippa United and Platinum Stars all surprisingly crashed out of the Telkom Knockout as the competition kicked off over the past few days.

The Students, winners of the MTN8 title only a few weeks earlier, suffered a shock 3-1 loss to Free State Stars, while the Chilli Boys and Dikwena were beaten by competition debutants Highlands Park and Baroka FC.

Elsewhere, Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates both survived scared to make it through to the quarter-finals.

Amakhosi, the Absa Premiership leaders and 13-time winners, were held to a goalless draw by out-of-sorts Maritzburg United, before prevailing 4-2 on penalties at FNB Stadium.

The Buccaneers, meanwhile, secured a 2-1 triumph over another form team, Lamontville Golden Arrows at Orlando Stadium.

Pirates had lead through an early Mpho Makola (10) goal, but a splendid free-kick by Wayde Jooste (61) draw Abafana Bes'thende, who are joint top of the league table with Chiefs, level.

However, Luvuyo Memela (73) found the winner to put the men in black through.

Amongst the upset results, Mzwanele Mahashe (2 and 47) netted a brace as Bakgaga ousted Platinum Stars 3-1 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Marshall Munetsi (64) had given the hosts a 3-0 lead at one stage, with Sipho Senne (90) then netting what turned out to be a consolation.

The Stars, Free State, put aside their league troubles to stun one of the favourites Bidvest Wits thanks to an extra-time win at Goble Park.

After a goalless 90 minutes, goals by Moketsi Sekola (93), Nyiko Mobbie (95) and Danny Venter (111) put Ea Lla Koto 3-0 up, before Daine Klate (119) netted at the death.

The Lions of the North had kicked off the upsets on Friday night when they gave new coach Gordon Igesund a winning start with a 2-0 win at Makhulong Stadium.

Collins Mbesuma (12) and Edwin Sitayitayi (76) were on target against a Chippa side who has now lost two of their last two matches.

In other results, Thuso Phala (90) scored an extra-time winner as SuperSport United edged out Ajax Cape Town 1-0 at Lucas Moripe Stadium, where heavy rain had delayed the game on more than one occasion.

The competition initially kicked off last Wednesday when Cape Town City beat Bloemfontein Celtic 2-0 at Cape Town Stadium.

The round of 16 is expected to be concluded when defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns, fresh from winning the champions league on Sunday, play Polokwane City in Atteridgeville on Thursday.