25.11.2017 23:23 h

Baroka stay top in South Africa as rivals draw

None of the four clubs who could have overtaken South African Premiership leaders Baroka Saturday succeeded because all of them were held to draws.

Cape Town City scored twice in the final 10 minutes to hold hosts Golden Arrows in Indian Ocean port city Durban.

A win for either side would have lifted them one point above Baroka, who play Sunday.

Instead, Arrows and City had to settle for a share of second place, one point behind the leaders from northern city Polokwane.

Siphelele Magubane and Jabulani Shongwe scored for Arrows before Ayanda Patosi halved the deficit from a penalty and Thabo Nodada levelled.

Former CAF Champions League title-holders Mamelodi Sundowns were held 0-0 by Chippa United in eastern coastal city Port Elizabeth to let slip their chance of reaching the summit.

Kaizer Chiefs were the fourth side who could not overtake Baroka as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with Free State Stars at another Durban stadium.

Stars went ahead in the second half when Daniel Cardoso conceded an own-goal and Bernard Parker equalised within three minutes.

Baroka could widen their lead to four points if they win at home to bottom side Platinum Stars and Bloemfontein Celtic do not collect maximum points off Orlando Pirates in the other Sunday fixture.

The surprise pacesetters in the richest African national football league with a 10 million rand ($720,000/610,000 euro) first prize have 18 points from 11 matches.

Arrows and Cape Town have 17 points, Sundowns, Chiefs, Chippa and Celtic 16 and Pirates 15 in what is shaping into the most hotly contested title race since the 1996 formation of the Premiership.

Another dramatic match involved two clubs in the bottom half of the 16-club league with AmaZulu drawing 2-2 at Ajax Cape Town after trailing by two goals on 89 minutes.

Mhlengi Cele pulled one goal back in the final minute of regular time and 35-year-old striker Mabhuti Khenyeza equalised in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Third-from-bottom Ajax had looked set for their third victory in 10 matches thanks to second-half goals from Masilake Phohlongo and Tashreeq Morris.

Defending champions Wits rose one place to second last after forcing a 0-0 draw at Maritzburg United.

Johannesburg-based Wits have won only twice in 11 matches despite a close-season buying spree, including former Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar and Egypt striker Amr Gamal.