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Football: No more Cup slips by top South African clubs

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There were no South African FA Cup slips by top-flight clubs Bloemfontein Celtic, Free State Stars and Platinum Stars Sunday -- a day after Orlando Pirates made a stunning first round exit.

Amateur third-tier club Maluti College shrugged off failing to convert a penalty as they humiliated former African champions Pirates 4-1 in the biggest turn-up of the 43-year knock-out competition.

The stunning result was achieved at austere Charles Mopeli Stadium in central town Phuthaditjhaba and ground owners Free State overcome second-tier Witbank Spurs 1-0 there 24 hours later.

Coldrin Coetzee, one of several fringe players given a chance by Free State coach Steve Komphela, struck the winner on 32 minutes with a low, deflected drive after Spurs failed to clear a corner.

A blunder by Cameroonian goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb enabled Milano United to snatch an early lead at Celtic, but the home team finished 4-1 winners with two goals in each half.

Malawi midfielder Robert Ng'ambi netted during the opening half to secure a 1-0 away win for Platinum over Dynamos, and lower-league sides Jomo Cosmos, Polokwane City and Vasco da Gama also booked places in the last-16 draw.

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