Title chasers held, SuperSport fall

Title challengers Kaizer Chiefs finished level at a goal apiece with BIDVest Wits, while SuperSport United lost 1-0 to AmaZulu as each side tried to close the gap on leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

Chiefs went ahead after two minutes against mid-table BIDVest Wits in north-eastern city Nelspruit only to concede an equaliser soon after and were made to settle for a 1-1 draw. Former South Africa striker Bernard Parker scored a rare goal for Chiefs only for Sifiso Vilakazi to level the score. 

SuperSport slumped to a fourth loss in six matches, falling 1-0 at home to AmaZulu in Atteridgeville after squandering numerous chances and having captain Morgan Gould red carded in the closing stages. AmaZulu caught three-time champions SuperSport napping with a midway through the first half, with Ayanda Dlamini hitting the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Ronwen Williams into the net. 

Another title contender, Ajax Cape Town, failed to retain a first-half lead and settled 1-1 with struggling Santos in a Cape Town derby, while relegation-threatened Jomo Comos were held to a 2-2 draw by Free State Stars after surrendering a two-goal lead. 

Former SuperSport midfielder Brent Carelse converted a first half penalty to nudge Ajax ahead only for Eleazar Rodgers to beat former Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld with a looping header just past the hour mark. 

Togolese players had mixed luck for Free State Stars with Sadate Ouro Akoriko conceding an own goal to give Cosmos the lead in eastern Johannesburg and Sename Dove Wome bringing the teams level midway through the second half. 

Sundowns were also held to a point in a 2-2 draw at Moroka Swallows yesterday, however, still remain top of the table with 36 points. Chiefs are within reach as they are just three points off pace in second.