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KAIZER Chiefs extended their unbeaten run to 16 matches and in the process widened the gap on top of the Absa Premiership table after their rivals faltered over the weekend.

Both Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits dropped points as Amakhosi’s lead was stretched to 13 points, while rivals Orlando Pirates returned to winning ways in emphatic style.

Amakhosi moved to 40 points at the summit of the table after they beat Chippa United 1-0 in Polokwane.

Bernard Parker (56) scored the only goal at the Peter Mokaba Stadium to help Stuart Baxter’s further fortify their position ahead of the Students, who were held to a goalless draw against Platinum Stars in Rustenburg.

Bidvest Wits now have 27 points in second, while Dikwena climbed to 12th.

Defending champions Sundowns also faltered, but stayed third on the table despite dropping points in a 1-1 draw against neighbours University of Pretoria at Tuks Stadium in the capital.

Thabo Mnyamane (36) had opened the scoring for the hosts, with Khama Billiat (50) tapping in the equaliser to secure the Brazilians a point that left them on 25 points, a massive 15 behind the runaway leaders.

Ajax Cape Town remained fourth on the table and a further two points back after they were thrashed 4-0 by the Buccaneers in Soweto.

Lehlohonolo Majoro (57 and 60) grabbed a brace, adding to goal for Siyabonga Sangweni (66) and Kermit Erasmus (89) as all the goals came during a lethal second-half showing at the Orlando Stadium.

The result lifted Pirates up to fifth on the log with 22 points, the same number as Maritzburg United, who were held to 1-1 draw in the KwaZulu-Natal derby on Friday night.

Mondli Cele (37) opened the scoring at the Harry Gwala Stadium and the home side’s chances were further boosted by a red card for Bornwell Mwape.

But Bongani Ndulula (77) scored from the penalty spot late on to snatch a point, one that left Usuthu bottom of the table, but now with eight points.

Elsewhere, Mpumalanga Black Aces dropped to seventh on the table after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Free State Stars at the at Mbombela Stadium.

Camaldine Abraw scored after just eight minutes and Danny Venter (34) doubled the advantage as struggling Ea Lla Koto soared early on.

But Tendai Ndoro (36 and 59) bagged a brace, the second from the penalty spot, as AmaZayoni fought back to steal a point. The result saw Stars stay in the bottom three with 15 points.

Chippa’s loss to Chiefs saw them drop to eighth, while Polokwane City also fell down a position after they drew 1-1 away at 11th-placed SuperSport United.

Bradley Grobler (22) had given Matsatsantsa the lead in Atteridgeville, with substitute Rendani Ndou (73) earning Q-Innovation Two winners Rise and Shine a share of the spoils.

Finally in Bloemfontein, hosts Celtic were held to a goalless draw by Moroka Swallows at Free State Stadium.

The hosts ended the round in 10th, while the Birds were 14th, level on 15 points with second-last Free State Stars and fourth-bottom Tuks.-www.psl.co.za

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