Durban - Platinum Stars were crowned MTN8 champions after they held their nerve to clinch a 3-1 penalty shootout victory over Orlando Pirates in the cup final played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday night.
The match had ended 1-1 at full time after Robert Ng'ambi's headed goal shortly after half time had given Dikwena the lead.
A long-range Thabo Matlaba strike close to the end sent the game into extra time.
The added 30 minutes ended goalless as Rooi Mahamutsa, Ndumiso Mabena and Lennox Bacela all missed the target with their poorly taken spot kicks.
Stars made a fantastic start to the contest with Patrick Malokase's fourth-minute free-kick flicked over for a corner by the Pirates defence.
Moments later, they had to deal with a Siphelele Mthembu shot which flew a few metres wide, again via a desperate deflection.
Roger da Sa's men struggled to find their foothold and their only efforts were ambitious to say the least as Andile Jali and Kermit Erasmus fired poorly from distance.
Erasmus then created two excellent chances for himself, although both ended off target.
He beat his man on the left, only for a last ditch Benson Mhlongo tackle to deflect the ball over.
Then, the Bafana Bafana striker spun sharply after a threaded pass by Daine Klate with the ball whisked centimetres over, again from the left side of the box.
Pirates were dealt a blow before the interval when defender Patrick Phungwayo had to be replaced due to injury - South Africa defender Matlaba taking his place.
Crowd favourite Oupa Manyisa forced Siyabonga Mpontshane to drop to his left with a 20-yard effort shortly after, while Mahamutsa flicked his header from a corner agonisingly wide on the stroke of the whistle.
The men from Rustenburg were ahead in the 48th minute as Tintswalo Tshabalala's free-kick from wide on the right was flicked on by Mhlongo and Ng'ambi reacted sharply to power in.
The Buccaneers almost reacted straight away when Matlaba sent over a cross from the left that was headed over by Happy Jele.
Erasmus should done better than skying over at the back post before the hour when the striker allowed a long ball to bounce, although too much off the wet turf, as another chance went begging.
The stocky striker did have the ball in the back of the net after 65 minutes, but it was ruled off-side, much to the disappointment of the huge Pirates following inside the stadium.
There was relief for Bucs fans eventually, in the 83rd minute, as Matlaba struck a superb shot with the outside of his boot to leave Mpontshane stranded.
Pirates thrice broke clear down the left during the first half of extra time, only for all three openings to be spurned, while in the second period, both Matlaba and Mogakolodi Ngele had chances to clinch winners.
Only Jali managed to score his penalty, while Vuyo Mere, Henrico Botes and Ngele scored for Stars, helping Allan Freese's side to add to their Telkom Knockout success back in 2006. - Sapa