SuperSport had the better of the opening half chances, with Bongani Mpandle making early saves from Bradley Grobler and Clayton Daniels while Morgan Gould headed over on 26 minutes.
Lebohang Maboe had Maritzburg’s best chance when he sped past a several defenders before hitting a 25-yard shot wide.
The home side went ahead eight minutes after half time when Dove Wome played in Thuso Phala, who finished with a powerful drive into the top corner.
The Team of Choice started to look increasingly dangerous in the final 25 minutes of the game and were close to levelling on two occasion, but Sheldon van Wyk was kept out by a fine save by Ronwen Williams while Deolin Mekoa’s free kick skimmed the bar 15 minutes from time.
The persistence shown by Fadlu Davids’ men paid off in the 84th minute when Man-of-the-Match Maboe found space in the box from a throw in and drilled a powerful low drive across goal and into the far bottom corner.
The second leg takes place at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday 9 September.
SuperSport: Williams, Kekana, Daniels, Gould, Ritchie, Letsholonyane, Mokoena, Phala, Modiba (Alexander 73'), Wome, Grobler (Nkhatha 84')
Maritzburg: Mpandle, Fransman, Xulu, Sanoka, Makaringe (Weidlich 88'), Rusike, Ndlovu, Shandu, Maboe, Saal (Van Wyk 59'), Mekoa (De Reuck 90+2')
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