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Khama Billiat's man of the match performance could not help Amakhosi take all three points against Matsatsantsa. Photo: BackpagePix  ~ 

IT will take something extremely special from either SuperSport United or Kaizer Chiefs to win the Absa Premiership.

This after both teams were forced to settle for a point, playing out to a 1-1 draw at Mbombela stadium on Friday.

The result does little to help their respective title aspirations with games running out as the season winds down.

Chiefs coach Ernst Middedndorp gave a full debut to 19-year-old Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, who like fellow youngster Happy Mashiane, does not look out of place in the big time.

With leaders Mamelodi Sundowns and second placed Orlando Pirates not in action this week, the chasing pack had an opportunity to reduce the gap.

Matsatsantsa, who could have pulled level on points with Bucs, started like a house on fire taking the lead in the second minute through red-hot striker Mxolisi Macuphu.

The lanky forward bagged his seventh goal of the season and his fifth in six matches.

Seven minutes later, however, Chiefs drew level via talismanic forward Khama Billiat.

The Zimbabwean beat United and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Ronwen Williams with a lovely strike from outside the box.

The second half was a scrappy affair with chances few and far between for both sides.

Rusike had Matsatsantsa's best chance in the second half but was denied by Bvuma who made himself big in goal.

The 23-year old stopper buoyed by his surprise selection for Bafana midweek, was looking to show the public what Stuart Baxter saw in him.

Meanwhile, Bidevest Wits, unlike Matsatsantsa and Amkhosi, did not need a second invitation to get themselves firmly back in the mix at the top.

They came from behind to snatch all three points against Bloemfontein Celtic courtesy of a late brace by Terrence Dzvukamanja and goals by Gabadinho Mhango and Gift Motupa in the pick of Super Friday’s matches.

The 4-2 victory saw the students jump to second on the standings, two points adrift of table topping Downs.

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