Chippa United advanced to the Nedbank Cup last 16 with a 4-3 win on penalties against Free State Stars on Sunday afternoon.
Chippa named the big guns from the loss to Mamelodi Sundowns in the DStv Premiership, as Andile Mbenyane skippered the side whilst Anthony Laffor made his first start.
Allan Freese’s men put a number of bodies behind the ball following the earlier exchanges, but Chippa still carved a look-in with a promising strike from Maloisane Mokhele sailing narrowly wide.
It started to open up albeit slightly closer to the half-hour mark after Danny Venter worked an angle from a decent area to bring goalkeeper Ayanda Mtshali to a save with a snap-shot.
Chippa regained their earlier momentum and carved a few nervy moments for the visitors with a strike from Laffor sailing wide from a telling cross by Mbenyane.
Ea Lla Koto remained on the back-foot soon following the start of the second half, as Kurt Lentjies drilled a low shot from a corner wide of target.
Dan Malesela looked for a fresh approach and with that introduced Peter Maloisane for Laffor and Ayabulela Konqobe for Bienvenu Eva Nga.
Chippa continued going forward and got the opener five minutes before time after Riaan Hanamub finished off an enterprising move from Konqobe.
The lead lasted just two minutes as Stars levelled from a mix-up in the home side’s defensive third to send the tie into extra-time.
Ea Lla Koto were ahead for the first time in the match in the 105th minute through a simple tap-in from inside the area.
The Chilli Boys recovered and forced the match into a penalty shoot-out ten minutes later with a smart finish from captain Mbenyane.
Following a tense shoot-out, Chippa kept their cool to advance to the last 16 after converting four of their five kicks as Stars missed two.
Chippa: Mtshali, Mobbie, Nsabiyumva, Hanamub, Rae, Lentjies, Laffor, Mdlinzo, Bienvenu, Mokhele, Mbenyane.
Subs: Watenga, Konqobe, Mogakwe, Damons, Phewa, Lebitso, Maloisane, Kwem.
Stars: Zoa, Mogotlane, Gum, Sambo, Venter, Mokhuoane, Saleng, Mantshiyane, Mbanjwa, Phatisi, Suanon.
Subs: Mbambo, Masehe, Sebolai, Mathonsi, Tau, Lekoloane, Khumalo, Khabane.