Wits were held to a 2-2 draw by MP Black Aces at Mbombela Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Sibusiso Vilakazi looked to have won the game for Wits as he put them 2-1 up in the 89th minute. But Eddie Ngalo equalised moments later to leave Wits five points behind Sundowns at the top of the table.
Sundowns now know that a victory at University of Pretoria on Wednesday will guarantee them the league title, while a point will all-but seal the deal, given the superior goal difference of Pitso Mosimane’s men over the Clever Boys.
Aces showed their intentions from the start as inside the first two minutes, Collins Mbesuma rose to head wide Aubrey Ngoma’s free kick.
Wits returned fire almost immediately and Portuguese striker Joaquim Lupeta fired wide from Paseka Sekese’s cross.
It was AmaZayoni who went in front, however, in the 8th minute. Bryce Moon did well to get to the byline and his cross found its way, via a lovely dummy from Lindokuhle Mbatha, to Thabo Nodada at the far post, who coolly fired home his second goal of the season.
Wits came roaring back again, and Vilakazi fired just wide of target on two separate occasions as an enthralling opening ten minutes came to a close.
Aces were playing some lovely stuff, and in the 19th minute, they came within inches of doubling their lead. Mbatha’s cross was superb, and Moon’s header flicked off the top of the crossbar.
In the 27th minute, Lupeta should have scored as Vilakazi’s pinpoint cross found him, but again he headed wide.
Wits did find an equaliser in the 34th minute as Daine Klate provided another excellent cross and Vilakazi looped a header over Mabokgwane and into the net.
The Clever Boys almost struck again right at the start of the second half as Klate’s corner was headed powerfully towards goal by Sifiso Hlanti, but Mabokgwane tipped over.
In he 55th minute, Elias Pelembe ghosted into the area and laid the ball back for Lupeta, whose effort drew another excellent save from Mabokgwane.
Aces had a chance on the break in the 69th minute, as Judas Mosamaedi’s effort flew back off the face of Wits defender Nazeer Allie.
Wits grabbed the lead again in the 89th minute as Pelembe found Klate, whose pass released Vilakazi, and he drilled the ball low past Mabokgwane.
But Aces leveled the scores again just a minute later as Sibusiso Masina flicked on a corner and Ngalo steered home at the back post.