The first trophy on offer for Kaizer Chiefs has slipped away as they crashed out of the MTN8 after losing to SuperSport United in their second leg tie.
Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas wasted no time in making changes after Wednesday’s collapse against Bloemfontein Celtic, as Teenage Hadebe and new signing Godfrey Walusimbi came in for Daniel Cardoso and Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya.
Matsatsantsa started the match at a high tempo, searching for an early goal but they could not get chances to trouble goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.
Clayton Daniels was unlucky not to have opened the scoring for United in the 15th minute when his header hit the upright, with Khune well beaten.
Chiefs showed good link up play in their recent league clash, but the likes of Khama Billiat and Leonardo Castro were not on the same page in the first half.
A minute before the break, Willard Katsande almost broke the deadlock for Amakhosi with a shot from the edge of the box, but he missed the target as the half ended goalless, which favoured the Soweto giants.
Chiefs had the upper hand in the opening 10 minutes of the second stanza, although clear cut chances were hard to come by.
However, Bradley Grobler found the breakthrough for Matsatsantsa two minutes before the hour getting past Teenage Hadebe inside the box to power home a low drive into the bottom corner.
SuperSport goalkeeper Ronwen Williams kept his side in the game in the 64th minute, making a double save to deny Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Willard Katsande who both had clear chances at close range.
Siphelele Ntshangase almost equalised for the hosts 13 minutes before time with a strike from the edge of the box, but his effort sailed agonisingly wide.
Solinas threw on Ryan Moon and Benard Parker in the closing stages of the half in an attempt to grab an equaliser, but SuperSport hung on to claim the win which sees them win the tie 3-2 on aggregate.