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Defending champions SuperSport United became the first team to book their place in the MTN8 semifinals following a 3-2 win over Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila at Thohoyandou Stadium.
Goals from Bradley Grobler, Iqraam Rayners and Gamphani Lungu spearheaded Supersport to victory,while Mogakolodi Ngele scored a brace for the Limpopo club.
United were expected to walk over this rookie TTM side who were in disarray as they arrived at Thohoyandou Stadium with only 14 players in their match-day squad including a goalkeeper and two outfield players on the substitutes bench.
However TTM’s fight back was mastered by Ngele shortly before half time and he registered his brace before the hour mark but they could not find another goal.
United tried easing the nerves through a glancing header from Clayton Daniels late on, but had done just enough for the win and book a place in the semi-finals.
TTM (1) 2 (Ngele 44' 56')
SuperSport United (3) (Grobler 8' Rayners 28' Lungu 33')
TTM: Mhlongo; Theron, Nonyane, Nkili, Lukhubeni, Timm, Maphangule, Ngema, Ngele (Manaka 79'), Lamola, Shonga.
SuperSport United: Williams; Bhasera, Khumalo, Daniels, Kekana (Phillips 46'), Mokoena, Webber, Rayners, Lungu, Gabuza (Mohomi 46'), Grobler.