Mamelodi Sundowns retained the South African title on Sunday without kicking a ball when sole challengers Orlando Pirates dropped two points.

The 'Buccaneers' were held 0-0 by Ajax Cape Town in Johannesburg and lost their slim mathematical chance of overtaking Sundowns, who were eliminated from the CAF Champions League by holders Al Ahly in Egypt at the weekend.

But the race for second spot and a place in the 2008 Champions League draw beside Sundowns is far from over with nine clubs in contention led by Moroka Swallows, who are 12 points adrift of Sundowns.

Bottom placed Maritzburg United appear set for automatic relegation from the richest national league on the continent, leaving AmaZulu and Benoni United fighting to avoid finishing second last and going into promotion playoffs.

Second division champions Free State Stars are certain to go up and the next three clubs on the final standings will enter a series of two-leg play-offs with a top-flight club.