Ghana and South Africa saw top-of-the-table clashes this weekend with the first-placed team ending up on the losing side in both cases. In Malawi the defending champions Escom United moved back into first place, while leaders ES Setif slumped to a defeat in Algeria.

South African Premier League: Frontrunners face
Going into this weekend's matches, just four points separated the top four teams and it just so happened that they were playing against each other, with first-placed SuperSport United at home to city rivals and second-place side Sundowns. Third-placed Free State Stars, meanwhile, were away to Kaizer Chiefs, who claimed a late 2-1 victory through a long Lincoln Zvasiya winner.

Big Game: Pretoria-based clubs Sundowns and SuperSport United have shared five of the last six titles between them and this season they are also among the pacesetters. Their meeting on Friday in the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium lived up to its top-billing, with former SuperSport player Teko Modise the matchwinner for Sundowns with a goal in each half of the 3-1 victory. Nyasha Mushekwi scored the other goal for Sundowns, while Mduduzi Nyanda had earlier given SuperSport the lead.
Headline-grabbers: Last season, Moroka Swallows managed just two draws in their opening nine games - losing the other seven. Management brought in Gordon Igesund, who had won the league with four different clubs, and he has managed to turn the relegation candidates into title challengers. A goalless draw at Platinum Stars saw the Birds move to fourth place on 25 points. "But I do not think we should now be seen as title contenders, we are still developing," said Igesund.

Malawi Super League: Electricians stay in the light
Defending champions Escom United went into the new season as the favourites, but they are being pushed all the way by Silver Strikers, who were not in action this weekend, allowing the chasing pack to make up some ground.

Big game: Escom United were away to cross town rivals Blantyre United in the Kamuzu Stadium, which has been upgraded with a synthetic football pitch through the FIFA GOAL programme. The Electrians proved too strong for the hosts and ran out 2-0 winners, keeping Charles Manda's side on track for a successful title defence. They are three points ahead of Silver Strikers, but they have played two matches more and so are vulnerable.
Headline grabbers: The game between Bullets FC and Mighty Wanderers was scheduled for the capital Lilongwe, prompting the two Blantyre-based sides to threaten to not travel to the game due to financial constraints. Discussions between all interested parties however ensured the game went ahead and The Nomads beat the Bullets 2-1. Wanderers' coach Franco Ndau described it as an important victory. "Our target is to clinch the title, and with the victory we stay on course."

Egyptian Premier Division: Unlikely leaders keep form
With 19 clubs in the Egyptian top flight, one club has to sit out each weekend and this time around it was former African champions Al Ahly on the sidelines. Also not playing were Zamalek, whose game against Al Masry was postponed.

Big game: Haras El Hodood are looking for their first-ever Egyptian league title, and they were at home to fourth-placed El Shorta. After changing sides goalless at half time, the table-topping club from Alexandria secured their sixth win from eight games through goals by Mohamed Shaarawi and Abdelmalek Eid. The victory sees them open up a four point lead on Misr Elmaqasah, who drew 0-0 at Ismaily.
Headline-grabbers: Arab Contractors are a club with a proud tradition, having thrice won the African Cup Winners' Cup - a record bettered only by fellow Egyptians Al Ahly. In the Premier League, the Cairo-based side have been struggling this season and after seven games, they are still awaiting their first three-pointer. A 1-0 defeat at Bani Suef on the weekend kept Contractors deep in trouble.

Ghana Premier League: Kotoko lose but stay top
A midweek victory against champions Berekum Chelsea saw Asante Kotoko open up a three-point lead at the top of the table, which they were out to defend this weekend. But a 1-0 loss to Wa All Stars allowed the chasing pack to make up ground.

Big game: All Stars had never won against the Porcupine Warriors, but that changed on Sunday as Samuel Azumah scored the only goal of the game in the 33rd minute to send his side to second in the table.
Headline-grabbers: Goalkeeper Daniel Agyei was his country's number one when they won the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2009, and he captained the under-23 side to gold at the 2011 All Africa Games. On the weekend the 22-year-old, who is in the Black Stars' squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations finals grabbed his share of the headlines by scoring Liberty Professionals' 1-1 equalizer against New Edubiase from the penalty spot.

USM Alger moved to the top of the Algerian Ligue 1 with a 1-0 victory against Chlef, while ES Setif slumped to a 3-2 defeat at CS Constantine.

In Tunisia, Bizertin stayed top with a 1-0 victory against Hammam-Lif, and they have now won 19 points from seven matches.

Flambeau de l'Est were held to a 1-1 draw at Inter Star, but they stop top in the early going of the Burundi Ligue A.