Leaders SuperSport United surrendered the last 100 per cent South African Premiership record this season when they were held 1-1 at Mpumalanga Black Aces Sunday.
Striker Mabhuti Khanyeza gave hosts Aces a first-half stoppage-time lead via a volley at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.
SuperSport improved when tall Senegalese striker Mamadou Niang came off the bench and he set up midfielder David Mathebula to level 11 minutes from time.
Mathebula came close to snatching an undeserved late victory for United with a low shot from the edge of the box rebounding off the post.
Chasing a fourth league title, SuperSport started the 2013-2014 season with victories over Free State Stars, Pretoria University and title-holders Kaizer Chiefs.
But new coach Cavin Johnson did not spare the Premiership leaders after they played second fiddle to Aces for much of the game.
"We were not quick enough to the ball and not strong enough when in possession -- some of my players switched off mentally today," he said.
SuperSport have ten points, AmaZulu nine and Mamelodi Sundowns, Wits University, Chiefs and Moroka Swallows seven each four rounds into the season.
Promoted Aces have four points in an encouraging start under Clive Barker, coach of the 1996 South Africa Cup of Nations-winning team.
Renowned motivator Barker was beaming after the performance against one of the favourites for the $1m first prize.
"This is a tough league and we have made a wonderful start. SuperSport boast a lot of quality footballers and we came close to beating them."
Polokwane City, the other newcomers to the 16-club Premiership, are struggling with a 2-1 home defeat by lowly Golden Arrows keeping them pointless at the bottom.
Philani Shange put the Arrows ahead just past the hour mark and a foul on him enabled Thanduyise Khuboni to double the advantage from a penalty.
Moffat Mdluli halved the deficit 11 minutes from time off a softly awarded spot-kick and Polokwane wasted a late chance to equalise.