Mamelodi Sundowns replaced Orlando Pirates at the top of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) standings after defeating Maritzburg 2-1 in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday.
The Team of Choice were hoping to ease their relegation concerns with a win over Sundowns having lost 1-0 to Kaizer Chiefs away over the weekend.
Former Sundowns winger Yannick Zakri started from the bench as Eric Tinkler looked to guide Maritzburg to their maiden league win over the Brazilians since 2012.
The Brazilians were keen to replace Pirates at the top of the PSL standings having succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Cape Town City away last week.
In-form forward Lebohang Maboe, who joined Sundowns from the Team of Choice in August 2018, was looking to continue his scoring form having scored in his last three competitive games.
The visitors, who had scored the majority of their goals (28.6%) in the first 15 minutes of their league games this season, dominated the match from the start with Maboe and Emiliano Tade combining well as they looked to cause havoc for the Team of Choice's defence.
Sundowns managed to grab an early goal and the two abovementioned players were involved with South Africa international Maboe grabbing a lovely assist.
Maboe set-up Tade with a cheeky backheel and the Argentine striker made no mistake as he fired past Maritzburg goalkeeper Richard Ofori with a low effort to make it 1-0 to Sundowns in the sixth minute.
The momentum was with Sundowns, who were playing their usual enterprising football and it was soon 2-0 to the visitors nine minutes before the half-hour mark.
Maboe came back to haunt his former side as the attacker fired past the Ghana international after being set-up by Gaston Sirino.
The Team of Choice then piled pressure on the Brazilians and Uganda's finest goalkeeper Denis Onyango, became a very busy man in the visitors' goal.
The reigning Caf Goalkeeper of the Year pulled off two magnificent saves to deny Fortune Makaringe and Zakri to ensure that the first half ended with Sundowns leading 2-0.
It was constant pressure by the hosts on the Brazilians goal after the restart as they looked to pull one back, and Sundowns were then reduced to 10 players.
Sirino was sent off after receiving two yellow cards in quick succession for dissent on the hour-mark and the visitors had to soldier on without the influential Uruguayan attacker.
The Team of Choice upped the tempo and they managed to pull one back with nine minutes left on the clock through their star midfielder Makaringe .
The attacking midfielder scored at the near post, but the goal proved to be a consolation goal as Sundowns held on to secure a hard-fought 2-1 winners.
The win saw the Brazilians replace Pirates at the top of the league standings, while the Team of Choice remained 16th on the table.