SuperSport United rose from the death to defeat Telkom Knockout holders Baroka FC 3-2 on penalties on Saturday evening at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.
The recently crowned MTN8 champions made two changes as Bongani Khumalo and Onismor Bhasera returned to line-up, while the holders re-called Mduduzi Mdantsane to the side.
United started slowly whilst Baroka posed all the danger signs as Mdantsane and Tshidiso Patjie fired shots from range in the opening minutes.
Baroka continued threatening closer to halftime, but SuperSport shot-stopper Ronwen Williams in conjunction with his defence survived the backlash.
The ascendancy remained with the visiting side following the restart, as Dean Furman scrambled back to clear from the boot of Richard Mbulu.
Baroka were given a penalty after Mbulu went down in the 57 minute under a foul from Bhasera, as Mdantsane sent Williams the wrong way from the resultant spot kick.
Matsatsantsa aimed to level matters four minutes later, but Bradley Grobler volleyed against the crossbar after turning his marker in the area.
The arrival of Evans Rusike from the bench after 60 minutes for Sipho Mbule seemed to revive United’s attacking dimension.
Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele squandered their advantage with the last kick of the game, as Grobler tapped into the far corner from a defensive error- sending the match to extra time.
Matsatsantsa utterly dominated both additional minutes, but Bakgaga kept the faith to send the match to a penalty shoot-out.
After Missing the first spot kicks through Dean Furman and Clayton Daniels, SuperSport came back in the shoot-out to progress to the quarter-finals thanks to Thamsanqa Gabuza scoring the winning spot-kick.
SuperSport: Williams, Kekana, Daniels, Khumalo, Bhasera, Furman, Mbule, Mokoena, Modiba, Gabuza, Grobler.
Subs: Pule, Fleurs, Donn, Webber, Qalinge, Rusike, Mahachi.
Baroka: Chipezeze, Shozi, Ntshwane, Sibiya, Ngubane, Mbulu, Phiri Jnr, Kambala, Patjie, Mdantsane, Nsimba.
Subs: Dlamini, Farmer, Mogae, Madondo, Mosele, Mogaswa, Dickens.