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Bloemfontein Celtic and SuperSport United were the big movers following the latest round of Absa Premiership action over the weekend.
With the top three – Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits – not involved due to the commitments in Africa, the focus shifted to the top eight battle.
Siwelele and Matsatsantsa both moved into the top half of the table with wins over AmaZulu and Mpumalanga Black Aces respectively.
Lerato Lamola (31 and 51) struck a brace for Celtic and added to a Carlington Nyadombo (46) own goal as Usuthu were hammered 3-0 in the Free State.
They were, however, hampered by having to play over a third of the game with 10 men after a reckless red card for new signing and former Bafana Bafana captain Mbulelo Mabizela after 28 minutes.
The result left the Durban side rock bottom on the Absa Premiership log with just nine points from 18 games, a further nine behind second-last Platinum Stars.
Celtic climbed to seventh on the table, on the same 24 point mark as SuperSport, who edged out Mpumalanga Black Aces 1-0 in Nelspruit.
New Zealand international Jeremy Brockie (12) scored on debut for the Pretoria side at at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.
Aces, meanwhile, slipped to 12th, one point behind.
AmaZayoni are sandwiched by Chippa United and Free State Stars on the table after they drew their respective games.
The Chilli Boys looked to be headed for victory when George Akpabio (39) put them in front before the break at Wolfson Stadium in Nelson Mandela Bay, but substitute Terrance Mandaza (76) struck close to the end to nick a point for the Team of Choice.
That game finished 1-1, the same scoreline as in Bethlehem where Ea Lla Koto were held by 10-man University of Pretoria.
Danny Venter (32) handed the hosts the lead at Goble Park, before Denver Mukamba (45) levelled matters. Siyabonga Ngubane saw red just after the hour mark for Tuks, who stayed 10th, three places above Free State Stars.
Platinum Star were another team beaten on the weekend as they succumbed to a 2-0 loss to Orlando Pirates in Rustenburg.
Lehlohonolo Majoro scored and was red carded at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium for the Buccaneers.
The striker opened the scoring in the 45th minute, before being dismissed for stamping on Mahlatsi Makudubela.
However, Lennox Bacela (90) sealed the points for the Soweto giants, who are now two points off the top three.
Finally, Polokwane City leapt to fifth place on the table after a late goal by Rendani Ndou (90) gave them a 2-1 win over Moroka Swallows at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Before that Esau Kanyenda (11) and Felix Obada (70) were on target as the Birds remained third-bottom on the log.
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