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PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 06: Themba Shabalala of Free States and Katlego Mashego of Sundowns during the Absa Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Free State Stars at Loftus Stadium on November 06, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 06: Themba Shabalala of Free States and Katlego Mashego of Sundowns during the Absa Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Free State Stars at Loftus Stadium on November 06, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa

Mamelodi Sundowns went back to the top of the Absa Premiership log after beating Moroka Swallows 2-1 at Loftus Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Former Moroka Swallows striker Katlego Mashego punished his former teammates with a brace while South Africa international midfielder Lerato Chabangu scored a consolation goal in the dying minutes of the match for the Soweto side. A win for the Brazilians means they top the log with 23 points from 10 matches while the Dube Birds are fourth with 18 points.

On Saturday, defending Absa Premiership Champions Kaizer Chiefs continued their fine run when they beat Free State Stars 2-0 to go top of the log for at least 24 hours before Sundowns dropped them to second on the standings with 21 points from 11 matches. Siyabonga Nkosi opened the scoring for Stuart Baxter’s men before winger Siphiwe Tshabalala made sure of maximum points away from home when he struck in the 90th minute and cost Steve Komphela his job as a Free State Stars coach.

Bloemfontein Celtic registered their second win in 11 matches when they stunned CAF Champions League finalist Orlando Pirates with a 3-2 win to move to the top half of the log in eighth place while the Buccaneers remain rooted at the bottom of the log with seven points but have only played five times compared to other teams who have already played 13 times.

Struggling side University of Pretoria are back to winning ways after downing AmaZulu FC 2-0 to move one point clear of the relegation zone with 11 points from 11 matches. Steve Barker’s men are yet to win away from home and a loss for Usuthu means they drop one place to sixth with 17 points from 13 matches.

Platinum Stars, who will meet Orlando Pirates in the final of the Telkom Knockout Cup this coming Saturday, moved third on the log after bouncing back from a midweek loss to AmaZulu to beat relegation threatened Golden Arrows 2-1 away from home. Lindokuhle Mbhata and red-hot midfielder Robert Ng’ambi scored the all important goals for Dikwena to leave the Durban-based side Arrows second from bottom with 10 points from 11 matches.