Draws keep SuperSport in front

Draws for title contenders Ajax Cape Town, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates caused each to miss the chance to intensify pressure on South African Premiership pacesetters SuperSport United. United have 34 points after 18 rounds, Ajax 31 and arch rivals Pirates and Chiefs 30 each as they all pursue the lucrative first prize.

Ajax and Chiefs failed to score in a Cape Town thriller, while a blunder by Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa allowed Bay United to equalise and take an unexpected point away from Johannesburg. Chief's striker Kaizer Motaung Junior, a son of the club owner, came closest to breaking the deadlock as his shot eluded Ajax goalkeeper Andre Petim three minutes from full-time only to rebound off a post.

Title-holders SuperSport were inactive as they host Curepipe Starlight of Mauritius Sunday near Pretoria in an African Champions League first-round qualifying fixture.

Pirates were ahead after 26 minutes courtesy of a Siphelele Mthembu header and debutant Bay striker Jean Njoh from Cameroon drew level soon afterward with a tap-in as Meyiwa allowed a back pass to slip from his grasp.