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Sowetan Reporters and Sapa

Sowetan Reporters and Sapa

Their 5-3 penalty win might have ensured them a place in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup, but Platinum Stars coach Miguel Gamondi should have some tough questions for his team, reports Linda Moreotsene.

Stars just could not hold on to the lead they were given by young Bradley Grobler in the 62nd minute on Saturday at Potchefstroom's Olen Park and with three minutes of the match left, allowed Lamontville Golden Arrows' Bheka Phakathi to slot the ball past goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini and drag the match into extra time and thereafter, penalty kicks.

It was a disappointing outing for Arrows coach Manqoba Mngqithi who had thrown everything into getting a result - at one point he had four strikers on the field.

Luis Renteria, Phumudzo Manenzhe, Tapuwa Kapini, George Mofokeng and subsitute Joel Lupahla scored Stars' spot kicks and for Arrows, Francis Kombe, Joseph Henyekane and Thanduyise Khuboni all scored while Joseph Musonda missed his.

l Thulani Serero's first half brace and a late strike by Franklin Cale fired Ajax Cape Town to the last 16 against Sasol Thistle Grove on Saturday in Bushbuckridge.

The Safa Mpumalanga SAB Regional League affiliates had only one scoring chance on 39 minutes. John Maseko outjumped Ajax's defence to connect with a long throw in from Sabelo Mthombeni but goalieAndre Petim easily dealt with the threat. - Richard Nkosi

l Mamelodi Sundowns kick-started the defence of their Nedbank Cup by eliminating National First Division outfit Carara Kicks in the last 32-leg in Welkom on Saturday.

The Brazilians came from behind to claim a 3-1 win over inexperienced Kicks, who took the via Akeem Olubambiro just before half-time.

Surprise Moriri then leveled from the penalty spot. Other goals: Moriri and Katlego Mphela. - Thabo Johnson

l Black Leopards brought to an end Amazulu's winning streak when they beat them 1-0 and kicked them out of the Cup on Saturday at Tshifulanani Stadium, Thohoyandou.

The solitary goal came from substitute Walter Ramulondi in the 87th minute. - Matome Lebea

l Ikapa Sporting are also through to the last 16 of the Cup competition after a 2-0 win over Durban Stars in Cape Town on Saturday.

Scorers: Bradley August and Damien Warely. - Sapa

l Blackburn Rovers lost to Pretoria University after extra-time. - Sapa