2015/16 Premier Soccer League Season

The 2015/2016 Premier Soccer League (PSL) Season officially got underway with the start of the 2015 MTN 8 on Tuesday August 04, 2015 with matches; Orlando Pirates vs Ajax Cape Town and BidVest Wits vs SuperSport United . The 2015/16 Absa Premiership got underway on Saturday August 08, 2015 with four matches.

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Country South Africa
Confederation CAF
Since 1996
Edition 20th
Season 2015/2016
Preceded By 2014/2015
Succeeded By 2016/2017
Number of Teams 16
Level 1 (Highest)

Duration

August 04, 2015 – to date

Domestic Competitions

League (Absa)
M. Sundowns (7th)
Top 8 (MTN 8) Ajax Cape Town (1st)
League Cup (Telkom) Sundowns (3rd)
SA Cup (Nedbank) SuperSport Utd (4th)

International Competitions

CAF Champions League Mamelodi Sundowns
BidVest Wits
CAF Confederation Cup SuperSport United
Platinum Stars

Promotion – Relegation

Relegation To National First Division
Direct Relegation Jomo Cosmos
Relegated via Playoffs Pretoria University
Promotion From National First Division
Direct Promotion Baroka FC
Promoted via Playoffs Highlands Park

The 2015/2016 Premier Soccer League Season (PSL) is the 20th Edition of the South African Premier Soccer League in its current form.

The 2015/2016 Premier Soccer League Season consist of four official competitions; The 2015 MTN 8, The 2015/16 Absa Premiership, The 2015 Telkom Knockout and The 2016 Nedbank Cup.

The season saw the return of fourteen out of sixteen teams that contested the 2014/15 league with AmaZulu and Moroka Swallows being relegated and replaced by Lamontville Golden Arrows and Jomo Cosmos who were promoted from the National First Division.

The 2015 MTN 8 marked the start of the official season with Ajax Cape Town defeating Orlando Pirates 1-0 at Orlando Stadium on August 04, 2015 in a match which started on 19:30. In a match played concurrently BidVest Wits beat SuperSport United 3-1 after extra time at BidVest Stadium.

On Wednesday August 05, 2015 the 2015 MTN 8 continued with the match between Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United at FNB Stadium where the former defeated the latter 5-3 after extra time.

The fourth and final quarter-final match was contested between Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria. Mamelodi Sundowns open the scoring in extra time but Bloemfontein Celtic equalized and went on to win the match 2-4 on penalties.

On Saturday afternoon of August 08, 2015 the 2015/16 Absa Premiership got underway with the Free State Stars and Mpumalanga Black Aces at Goble Park Stadium in Bethlehem in the Free State province; the home team (Free State Stars) was defeated 0-1 by the visitors (Mpumalanga Black Aces).

In another match played on August 08, 2015 at 15:00 Polokwane City defeated Bloemfontein Celtic by 3-2 at Peter Mokaba Stadium in the city of Polokwane in the Limpopo province. On the same day at 20:15 Platinum Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns played to a goalless draw.

On Sunday of August 09, 2015 Chippa United and Kaizer Chiefs played to a goalless draw at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape province.

 

MTN 8

The 2015 MTN 8 served as the official curtain raiser fro the 2015/15 Premier Soccer League season. The first two semi-finals were played on Tuesday August 04, 2015 with Ajax Cape Town dispatching 2014 MTN 8 runners-up, Orlando Pirates, by 0-1 at Orlando Stadium. The second semi-final saw BidVest Wits dismiss SuperSport United by 3-1 after extra-time at the BidVest Stadium.

On Wednesday August 05, 2015 the 2015 MTN 8 continued with the match between Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United at FNB Stadium where the former defeated the latter 5-3 after extra time. The fourth and final quarter-final match was contested between Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria. Mamelodi Sundowns open the scoring in extra time but Bloemfontein Celtic equalized and went on to win the match 2-4 on penalties.

In the two legged semi-final Ajax Cape Town faced BidVest Wits while Bloemfontein Celtic faced defending champions, Kaizer Chiefs. The first leg of the first semi-final took place on Saturday night of August 15, 2015 at 20:15 between Ajax Cape Town and BidVest Wits at Coetzenburg Stadium in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape; the match was played to a 1-1 draw. The first leg of the second semi-final took place on Sunday afternoon of August 16, 2015 at 15:00 at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein in the Free State. The match was played to a 1-all draw.

The second leg of the second semi-final took place on Saturday night of August 29, 2015 at 20:15 at FNB Stadium between Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic. Kaizer Chiefs beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 to secure passage to the 2015 MTN 8 final through a 2-1 win on aggregate. The second leg of the first semi-final took place on Sunday afternoon of August 30, 2015 at 15:00 at BidVest Stadium between BidVest Wits and Ajax Cape Town where the latter secured a 0-1 victory and a date with Kaizer Chiefs in the final.

The 2015 MTN 8 final was contested between Ajax Cape Town and Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday afternoon of September 19, 2015 at 15:00 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in the city of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. Ajax Cape Town defeated Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 through a Nathan Paulse 59th minute penalty goal. The title was the first for Ajax Cape Town.

 

Telkom Knockout

In the 2015 Telkom Knockout match against Polokwane City, SuperSport United drew first blood through a Thuso Phala 5th minute goal but it was cancelled out by the Puleng Tlolane 12th minute strike. However the 26th minute Dové Womé goal went unanswered for the of the match and ensure that the defending champions, SuperSport United, progressed to the quarter-finals.

On Friday night of October 2, 2015 possible relegation candidates Maritzburg United and Jomo Cosmos met at Harry Gwala Stadium, the home ground of the former. In the 44th minute Siyabulela Shai opened the scoring and ensure that Maritzburg went to half-time 1-0 up. In the 56th minute Kurt Lentjies converted from the penalty spot and put the home side 2-0 up. Cheslyn Jampies pulled one back for the visitors but the come back was never completed and Maritzburg secured a passage to the quarter-finals with a 2-1 victory.

On Saturday October 3, 2015 Free State Stars shocked BidVest Wits with a 1-0 defeat in a match played at 15:00 at Goble Park Stadium in the Free State. Lamontville Golden Arrows shocked the 2015 MTN 8 champions, Ajax Cape Town, by a 1-0 defeat in a match played at 15:00 at King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium. In a match played at 20:15 at Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Chippa United 2-0 and became the fifth team to book a spot in the quarter-finals.

On Sunday October 4, 2015 Platinum Stars hosted the 2015 MTN 8 losing finalists Kaizer Chiefs at Moruleng Stadium in Lesetlheng in the North West at 15:00 in the afternoon; in the match Kaizer Chiefs defeated Platinum Stars 3-0. In the match between Bloemfontein Celtic and Mpumalanga Black Aces played on Sunday October 4, 2015 at 15:00 at Free State Stadium a decisive result could not be reached in regulation time and extra-time. With the score locked at 0-0 after extra-time Mpumalanga Black Aces triumphed 3-2 on penalties. The outstanding last 16 match was eventually played on October 16, 2015; Orlando Pirates defeated Pretoria University 2-1 after extra time at Orlando Stadium.

The first quarter-final match of the 2015 Telkom Knockout was played on Saturday afternoon of October 24, 2015 at 15:00 at Orlando Stadium where Orlando Pirates defeated Maritzburg by 2-0. In the second quarter-final played on the same day at 18:00 Kaizer Chiefs defeated Mpumalanga Black Aces 1-2 at Mbombela Stadium. The third quarter-final took place at 20:15 at night with SuperSport United defeating Golden Arrows 3-1 at Peter Mokaba Stadium. The last quarter-final took place on Sunday afternoon of October 25, 2015 where Mamelodi Sundowns thrashed Free State Stars 1-6 at Goble Park Stadium.

The first semi-final was a Soweto Derby and it took place on Saturday afternoon of November 07, 2015 at 15:00 at FNB Stadium. The match failed to produce a winner or any goals in regulation time and after extra time; it was eventually decided on penalties with Kaizer Chiefs defeating Orlando Pirates 5-6 on penalties. The second semi-final took place on the same day at 20:15 at night with Mamelodi Sundowns defeating SuperSport United 3-1 at Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium.

The final was between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs; it took place on Wednesday night of December 16, 2015 at Moses Mabhida Stadium in the city of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. Mamelodi Sundowns emerged 3-1 victorious and secured their third Telkom Knockout crown.

 

 

 

2014/15 Absa Premiership Teams

Team Coach Home Ground
01 Ajax Ajax Cape Town Roger De Sá Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
02 BidVest Wits BidVest Wits Gavin Hunt BidVest Stadium, Johannesburg
03 Bloem Celtic Bloemfontein Celtic Clinton Larsen: December 14, 2015 – November 23, 2015. Lehlohonolo Seema (Interim): November 23, 2015 – December 03, 2015. Serame Letsoaka December 03, 2015 – to date
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
04 Chippa-United_Logo Chippa United Roger Sikhakhane: June 2015 – December 07, 2015. Dan Malesela December 07, 2015 – to date
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
05 Free State Free State Stars Kinnah Phiri: November 6, 2014 – August 28, 2015. Ernst Middendorp: – December 21, 2015. Giovanni Solinas: December 31, 2015 – to date
Charles Mopeli Stadium, Phuthaditjhaba
06 Golden Arrows Lamontville Golden Arrows Serame Letsoaka: June 15, 2015 – November 30, 2015. Clinton Larsen: December 07, 2015 – to date King Zwelithini Stadium, Durban
07 Jomo Cosmos Logo Jomo Cosmos Jomo Sono Fezile Dabi Stadium, Parys
08 Kaizer Chiefs Kaizer Chiefs Steve Komphela: June 17, 2015 – to date FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
09 Mamelodi Sundows Mamelodi Sundowns Pitso Mosimane Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
10 Maritzburg United Maritzburg United Mandla Ncikazi: July 02, 2015 – September 15, 2015. Fadlu Davids (interim): September 15, 2015 – September 25, 2015. Clive Barker: September 25, 2015 – November 30, 2015. Ernst Middendorp: December 29, 2015 – to date Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg
11 Black Aces Mpumalanga Black Aces Muhsin Ertuğral: June 2015 – to date Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
12 Orlando Pirates Orlando Pirates Eric Tinkler (interim): December 3, 2014 – to date
Orlando Stadium, Soweto
 13  Platinum Stars  Platinum Stars Cavin Johnson: March 31, 2015 – to date
Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng
 14  Polokwane City  Polokwane City Kostadin Papić: September 05, 2014 – October 15, 2015. Nkuene Mayala (interim) and Bernard Molekwa (interim): October 15, 2015 – November 12, 2015. Júlio César Leal: November 12, 2015 – to date
Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
 15  University of Pretoria  Pretoria University Sammy Troughton: November 24, 2014 – January 28, 2016. Shaun Bartlett: January 28, 2016 – to date
Absa Tuks Stadium, Pretoria
 16  Supersport United  Supersport United Gordon Igesund: September 03, 2014 – January 27, 2016. Stuart Baxter January 27, 201 – to date
Lucas Masterpieces Moripe, Pretoria

 

 

 

Regions

The top flight clubs have always been predominantly from the Gauteng province; at the conclusion of the 2014/15 PSL season Lamontville Golden Arrows which is from the KwaZulu-Natal province was already confirmed as having been promoted to the premiership, however, AmaZulu from the same province were directly relegated which meant the province lost one club and gained one.

In the play-offs Jomo Cosmos which is based in Johannesburg in the Gauteng province was promoted while Moroka Swallows which also comes from the same province was relegated; once again, this meant this province also lost one club and gained another while Black Leopards of the Limpopo province was the third team in the play-offs and had they succeeded they would have been two teams from that province.

Seven out of sixteen Absa premiership clubs come from Gauteng province – four from Johannesburg(BidVest Wits, Kaizer Chiefs, Moroka Swallows and Orlando Pirates) and three from Pretoria (Mamelodi Sundowns, Pretoria University and Supersport United). Mpumalanga Black Aces is from Nelspruit in the Mpumalanga province, Polokwane City is from Polokwane in Limpopo province and Platinum Stars is from Phokeng in the North West province.

KwaZulu-Natal is represented by two clubs (Golden Arrows, from Durban and Maritzburg United, from Pietermaritzburg), Free State is also represented by two clubs (Bloemfontein Celtic, from Bloemfontein and Free State Stars, from Phuthaditjhaba). Ajax Cape Town is from Cape Town in the Western Cape, although Chippa United is originally from the Western Cape, as of  2014/15 they have been based in the Eastern Cape and the only team from that province. Out of nine South African provinces, the Northern Cape remains the only province that has never had a team in top flight football of South Africa.

 

  • Jomo Cosmos Home Venue

According to Kick Off magazine Jomo Cosmos will not compete in the 2015/16 PSL season from Gauteng but rather from Fezile Dabi Stadium in Parys the Free State province, however, while that is being prepared the will still be not playing in Johannesburg but at Olën Park in Potchefstroom in the North West province.

 

  • AmaZulu’s failed Bid to Buy the Premiership Status of Mpumalanga Black Aces

Down the years AmaZulu F.C. have always struggled to stay in the top flight and when they do it is after several brushes with the relegation zone. After staying in the relegation zone for the better part of the 2014/15 season, AmaZulu staged a dramatic turnaround and began collecting point but in the end it wasn’t enough and they were directly relegated to the National First Division (NFD).

Reports emerged at the end of June 2015 that AmaZulu F.C. had put forward a proposal to buy the Premiership status of Mpumalanga Black Aces. AmaZulu had reportedly put forward R45 million to essentially swap places with the Nelspruit out but the Premier Soccer League did not authorize the deal, “We have been notified that our agreement would not be authorised. We have accepted the decision with open hearts. These negotiations have not stopped us from preparing for next season’s matches. In fact Black Aces is the first team to prepare for the next season and we will continue doing so,” read a statement released by Mario and George Morfou, who are co-chairmen of Mpumalanga Black Aces.

 

 

Competitions

In the 2015/16 season all 16 Premiership clubs will compete in all three major competitions available to them by virtue of being in the Premiership, these are; the main competition which is the league (Absa Premiership), the league cup (Telkom Knockout) and the SA Cup (Nedbank Cup).

Furthermore, the teams that finished in the top 8 of the league in the 2014/15 season will compete in the South African Premier Soccer League special competition, the Top 8 (MTN 8). The winner of the 2014/15 league and the runner up will compete in the 2016 CAF Champions League which will get underway in January 2016, while the third placed team and the winner of the 2015 SA Cup (in this case it will be the runner up since the winner finished second in the league and qualified for the champions league) will compete in 2016 CAF Confederation Cup.

 

 

Domestic Competition Prizes

Trophy Competition Prize Money (for the Winner)
01 11AHCR_110108ChiSun_AP_CR Absa Premiership To Be Announced
02 MTN-8_Trophy MTN 8 R8 Million
3 Telkom Knockout-Trophy Telkom Knockout R4 Million
Nedbank Cup Trophy Nedbank Cup R7 Million

 

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