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Platinum Stars lost ground in the South African Premiership title race on Sunday after being held to a 2-2 draw at home by Pretoria University.
The result left the club from north-west mining town Rustenburg five points behind leaders Kaizer Chiefs with 10 games to go in the richest African national football league with a $1.2 million (921,800 euros) first prize.
Stars were firm favourites to defeat off-form Pretoria, but fell two goals behind by half-time as Bongani Zungu and Thokozani Sekotlong punished sloppy defending.
Malawi midfielder Robert Ng'ambi halved the deficit with a close-range header past Zimbabwe goalkeeper Washington Arubi on 73 minutes and Lindokhule Mbatha snatched a late equaliser with a superb curled shot.
Chiefs have 43 points, defending champions Orlando Pirates 40 with a game in hand and Platinum 38 in a three-club race for the title and a place in the 2014 CAF Champions League.
Relegation-threatened Black Leopards suffered another blow when they allowed Zimbabwean Terrence Mandaza to bag a late brace and snatch a 2-1 home victory for Martizburg United.
Leopards, who exceeded expectations by reaching the CAF Confederation Cup play-offs last year, share second-last place with Ajax Cape Town, just a point above bottom side Chippa United