Mamelodi Sundowns all but conceded defeat in their South African Premiership title challenge after being held to a 1-1 draw with AmaZulu in Durban. The result leaves Sundowns in third place and four points behind leaders Ajax Cape Town with just two matches remaining.
"We had to win all three matches," conceded Sundowns caretaker coach Ian Gorowa. "An intense match against Kaizer Chiefs last Sunday took a lot out of us and we were not hungry enough in front of goal."
A stalemate at King Zwelithini Stadium was no surprise as AmaZulu have drawn 15 of 28 Premiership matches this season - more than any other side in the 16-club championship.
South Africa striker Katlego Mphela became joint leading Premiership scorer with 13 goals after heading Sundowns in front on 33 minutes off a Matthew Pattison cross. However, that lead did not last as AmaZulu levelled in the final minute of the first half off an own goal from Siyenda Xulu.
Sibusiso Hadebe had taken a free-kick near the touchline that skimmed off the head of Sundowns defender Siyenda Xulu en route to the net.
Ajax can become South African champions for the first time if they defeat Kaizer Chiefs in northern city Polokwane on Saturday and second-place Orlando Pirates fail to collect maximum points away at Santos in Cape Town.