The Zebras redeemed themselves against their voodoo side, Bafana Bafana, yesterday when they walloped them 7-6 on penalties after a 0-0 tie on regulation time.
Although they enjoyed most of the ball possession and the right noises from the home crowd, the more fancied Bafana did not do much with the privilege.
The game could have ended within regulation time had the referee not waved away claims of a penalty by the Zebras in the dying minutes of the game.
The Zebras were denied the opportunity after a harsh tackle on Hendrick Moyo inside the penalty area by Bafana Bafana’s right-back Siyabonga Nhlapo.
Aggrieved at the lost chance, the Zebras further piled pressure on their opponents.
Although Sankoyo’s Omaatla Kebatho could have done better to convert a cross from the right, the Zebras managed to hold their opponents back until the final whistle.
The match then went for the nerve-wrecking spot-kicks where Bafana’s forward Carl Lark missed the first penalty before their goal-keeper stabilized the tension after saving Hendrick Moyo’s attempt.
Bafana’s fate was sealed when Maritzburg United’s, Kwanda Mngonyama’s penalty bounced off the post, confirming their exit from the title race.
The Zebras now join Namibia in the final four and will meet the winners of today’s quarter final between Mozambique and Malawi on Thursday night.
Namibia will play the winners of today’s quarter-final between Ghana and Madagascar.
Bafana Bafana and Chipolopolo on the other hand, will now enter the plate competition where they will be joined by today’s losing quarterfinalists for the Wednesday clash.