Premier Soccer League 2014/15 PSL Season

The 2014/2015 Premier Soccer League (PSL) Season officially began on Friday night, August 1, 2014 with the MTN 8 Cup competition game between BidVest Wits and Bloemfontein Celtic at BidVest Stadium, Johannesburg. The season’s main competition, the Absa Premiership began one week later on Friday night, August 8, 2014 when defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns hosted Maritzburg United at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

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Country South Africa
Confederation CAF
Since 1996
Edition 19th
Season 2014/2015
Preceded By 2013/2014
Succeed By 2015/2016
Number of Teams 16
Level 1 (Highest)

Duration

August 1, 2014 – May 16, 2015

Domestic Competitions

League (Absa)
Kaizer Chiefs (4th)
Top 8 (MTN 8) Kaizer Chiefs (15th)
League Cup (Telkom) Supersport Utd (1st)
SA Cup (Nedbank) Mamelodi Sundowns

International Competitions

CAF Champions League Kaizer Chiefs
Mamelodi Sundowns
CAF Confederation Cup BidVest Wits
Ajax Cape Town

Promotion – Relegation

Relegation To National First Division
Direct Relegation AmaZulu
Relegated via Playoffs Moroka Swallows
Promotion From National First Division
Direct Promotion Golden Arrows
Promoted via Playoffs Jomo Cosmos

The 2014/2015 Premier Soccer League season returns unchanged from the 2013/2014 season.

The main competition, the Absa Premiership, is being contested by sixteen (16) top tier (Absa Premiership) teams.

Fifteen (15) of those 16 teams are returning as Polokwane City managed to survive the promotion-relegation play-offs and retain the premiership (often referred to as PSL) status.

Chippa United is the only newly promoted after it earned direct promotion and replaced Lamontville Golden Arrows who fell victims to direct relegation and will not be playing top flight (Absa Premiership) football for the first time in 13 years.

Top 8

The eight teams who finished in the top eight in the 2013/2014 season will compete in the knock out competition, MTN 8, with the first round (quarter-finals) consisting of the single match elimination and the second round (semi-finals) will consist of the two legged matches.

Each of the four teams in the semi-finals will play a home and way leg, should both the results of those legs fail to produce a decisive result, the second leg match will proceed to extra-time, for failure to produce a winner, the match will be decided on penalties.

The final is a single elimination, if 90 minutes fail to produce a decisive result the match will be sent to extra time and if not decisive result comes out of that, the match will be decided on penalties.

The 2014 MTN 8 featured BidVest Wits, Bloemfontein Celtic, Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Mpumalanga Black Aces, Orlando Pirates, Platinum Stars and Supersport United.

BidVest Wits, Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Platinum Stars – all defeated their respective opponents to progress to the 2 legged semi-finals.

Kaizer Chiefs faced and defeated Platinum Stars 2-0 and 3-0 to earn a 5-0 aggregate victory and progress to the final.

Orlando Pirates faced and defeated BidVest Wits 2-0 and 3-1 to earn a 5-1 aggregate victory and progress to the final.

The 2014 MTN 8 final was a Soweto derby played at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

On September 20, 2014 Kaizer Chiefs defeated Orlando Pirates 1-0 to be crowned MTN 8 Champions of 2014.

 

League Cup

The League Cup (Telkom Knockout) is contested among all sixteen (16) Absa Premiership teams as a single elimination tournament. The tournament takes place in the first half of the season and is completed before mid-season break.

The 2014 Telkom Knockout Tournament got underway on October 3, 2014 at the BidVest Stadium, BidVest Wits hosted Moroka Swallows and went on to defeat them 3-0.

On October 4, 2014 defending champions Platinum Stars defeated Chippa United 1-0, Supersport United defeated Free State Stars 1-0, while it took Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu to overcome Pretoria University 2-1 and Bloemfontein Celtic 3-2 respectively.

Kaizer Chiefs were hosting Maritzburg United at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg and defeated them 1-0.

On October 5, 2014 Orlando Pirates defeated Polokwane City 2-1 and Ajax Cape Town defeated Mpumalanga Black Aces 3-0.

After the first round of the 2014 Telkom Knockout; Ajax Cape Town, AmaZulu, BidVest Wits, Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates, Platinum Star and Supersport United were all through to the last 8.

In the quarter-finals; on Saturday October 25, 2014 BidVest Wits were narrowly defeated by Supersport United at the BidVest Stadium. At 17:30 on the same day, Mamelodi Sundowns defeated AmaZulu by 2-1 after extra-time.

On Saturday October 25, 2014  at 20:00 at Orlando Stadium, Orlando Pirates hosted Ajax Cape Town in a night overwhelmed with relentless rainfall. Orlando Pirates saw the return of defense maestro Rooi Mahamutsa to the starting line-up while Tlou Segolela became part of the squad for the first time in the 2014/15 PSL season.

Inspired Orlando Pirates in scintillating form ran rampant against Ajax Cape Town who were devoid of answers. Orlando Pirates won 4-1 and progressed to the semi-final. Orlando Pirates victory  meant they will their sixth consecutive semi-final appearance – the feat spanning two seasons.

On Sunday October 26, 2014 Kaizer Chiefs were shocked by Platinum Stars on penalties after the match ended in a goalless draw. Kaizer Chiefs had not lost a match since the beginning of the 2014/15 PSL season.

Senzo Meyiwa

The washed away Saturday night October 25, 2014 Orlando Pirates vs Ajax Cape Town match marked Senzo Meyiwa final football match.

On Sunday night October 26, 2014 Senzo Meyiwa was shot and later died from that gunshot wound approximately 24 hours since playing that match.

Semi-finals; on Saturday November 08, 2014 at 20:00 Orlando Pirates returned to the field of play, they hosted Supersport United at Orlando Stadium – their very first match since the fall of their number one goalkeeper and captain, Senzo Meyiwa.

Brighton Mhlongo wore number 16 at goals – the position last played by Senzo Meyiwa; Oupa Manyisa took over the captaincy. Orlando Pirates were defeated 2-0 by Supersport United and failed to reach a cup final for the first time in over a year.

On Sunday November 9, 2014 Platinum Stars defeated Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Phokeng in the North West and reached the Telkom Knockout final for the second consecutive time.

On Saturday November 29, 2014 at 3pm (15:00) the 2014 Telkom Knockout final between Supersport United and Platinum Stars was held at Orlando Stadium in Orlando East, Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng in South Africa.

Supersport United came from behind through Clayton Daniels penalty and later took the through another Clayton Daniels penalty before Thuso Phala broke the 2-2 deadlock to grant his Pretoria side (Supersport United) a 3-2 victory over Platinum Stars.

Supersport United’s victory marked their maiden League (Telkom Knockout) Cup title.

 

South African Cup

The fourth and final domestic tournament of the season is the Nedbank Cup (SA Cup).

The tournament is contested by sixteen (16) teams and a further sixteen (16) from the lower tiers.

All in all 32 teams compete in a single elimination tournament.

The eventual winner of the Nedbank Cup qualifies, along with the team that finishes number three (3) on the Absa Premiership, to play in the CAF Confederation Cup.

The 2015 Nedbank Cup  tournament got underway on Tuesday February 18, 2015 with two matches; the first match was contested between defending champions Orlando Pirates FC and the second division side, Tornado FC, at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg.

In that match Orlando Pirates FC who were playing at their home ground, Orlando Stadium, breezed pass the lesser known Eastern Cape outfit with four (4) goals to nothing.

Orlando Pirates FC goals came from Lennox Bacela (PG, 7′), Thandani Ntshumayelo (24′, 72′) and Sifiso Myeni (87′).

At the conclusion of the round of 32 these are the 16 teams that were left; Orlando Pirates (Premiership), Mpumalanga Black Aces (Premiership), Golden Arrows (NFD), Black Leopards (NFD), Natal United (ABC), Vasco Da Gama (NFD), Jomo Cosmos (NFD), Kaizer Chiefs  (Premiership), Mamelodi Sundowns  (Premiership), BidVest Wits (Premiership), Maluti FET College (NFD), Platinum Stars (Premiership), Ajax Cape Town (Premiership), Bloemfontein Celtic (Premiership), Pretoria University (Premiership) and Supersport United (Premiership).

The round of 16 got under way on Tuesday March 17, 2015 with a match between BidVest Wits and the University of Pretoria at the BidVest Stadium in Milpark, Johannesburg.

BidVest Wits overwhelmed University of Pretoria by 3 goals to nil (Kees Kwakman 39′, Sibusiso Vilakazi  56′ and Henrico Botes 63′).

On Friday March 20, 2015 Ajax Cape Town beat Bloemfontein Celtic by 1-0 through a Tashreeq Morris goal.

In the weekend fixtures it was the Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 defeat at FNB Stadium against National First Division side, Black Leopards, which became the talking point of the tournament.

Kaizer Chiefs were soon joined by their nemesis, Orlando Pirates, on the sidelines of the 2015 Nedbank Cup after they succumbed to a far superior side, Supersport United.

At the conclusion of the round of 16 of the 2015 Nedbank Cup the following teams were left; BidVest Wits (Absa Premiership), Ajax Cape Town (Absa Premiership), Vasco da Gama (National First Division), Mpumalanga Black Aces (Absa Premiership), Mamelodi Sundowns (Absa Premiership), Black Leopards (National First Division), Supersport United (Absa Premiership) and Lamontville Golden Arrows (National First Division).

2014/15 Absa Premiership Teams

Team Coach Home Ground
01 Ajax Ajax Cape Town Roger De Sá Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
02 AmaZulu AmaZulu Craig Rosslee until October 2014; Wilfred Mugeyi from October 2014 – until November 24, 2014; Steve Barker from November 24, 2014  to date
Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
03 BidVest Wits BidVest Wits Gavin Hunt BidVest Stadium, Johannesburg
04 Bloem Celtic Bloemfontein Celtic Ernst Middendorp until December 14, 2015; Clinton Larsen from December 14, 2015 – to date
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
05 Chippa-United_Logo Chippa United Kostadin Papić (resigned) until September 03, 2014; Roger Sikhakhane as caretaker coach from September 03, 2014 –
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
06 Free State Free State Stars Tom Saintfiet until November 6, 2014; Kinnah Phiri November6, 2014 –
Charles Mopeli Stadium, Phuthaditjhaba
07 Kaizer Chiefs Kaizer Chiefs Stuart Baxter FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
08 Mamelodi Sundows Mamelodi Sundowns Pitso Mosimane Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
09 Maritzburg United Maritzburg United Steve Komphela Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg
10 Moroka Swallows Moroka Swallows Zeca Marques until October 2014; Fani Madida October 2014 -March 16, 2015; Patrick Mabedi from March 17, 2015 – March 26, 2015; Craig Rosslee from March 26, 2015 – to date
Volkswagen Dobsonville Stadium, Soweto
11 Black Aces Mpumalanga Black Aces Clive Barker until March 13, 2015; Jacob Sakala from March 14. 2015 – to date Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
12 Orlando Pirates Orlando Pirates Vladimir Vermezović until December 3, 2014; Eric Tinkler (interim) from December 3, 2014 – to date
Orlando Stadium, Soweto
 13  Platinum Stars  Platinum Stars  Allan Freese until March 15, 2015; Willem Jackson from March 22, 2015 – March 31, 2015; Cavin Johnson from March 31, 2015 – to date
Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng
 14  Polokwane City  Polokwane City Boebie Solomons (Fired) until September 2014; Kostadin Papić from September 05, 2014 – to date
Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
 15  University of Pretoria  Pretoria University Steve Barker until November 24, 2014; Sammy Troughton November 24, 2014 – to date
Absa Tuks Stadium, Pretoria
 16  Supersport United  Supersport United Cavin Johnson(Fired)  until August 30, 2014; Gordon Igesund from September 03, 2014 – to date
Lucas Masterpieces Moripe, Pretoria

 

Regions

The top flight clubs are predominantly from the Gauteng 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). Furthermore, out of the four from Johannesburg, three are from Soweto (Kaizer Chiefs, Moroka Swallows and Orlando Pirates).

KwaZulu-Natal is represented by two clubs (AmaZulu, 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 relocated to the Eastern Cape and became the only team from that province.

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.

Out of nine South African provinces, the Northern Cape is the only province that has never and remains without a team in top flight football of South Africa.

 

Competitions

Although in the 2013/14 season, Platinum Stars from Phokeng in the North West dominated with cups defeating Orlando Pirates of Soweto, Gauteng – the PSL has long been dominated by Gauteng teams.

In the past 18 season, the league has only been won by two teams that were not from the Gauteng province (1996/97 – Manning Rangers, Durban and 2001/02 – Santos, Cape Town) and both those teams have since been relegated and struggled to return to the PSL.

While Santos continues to play in the National First Division, Manning Rangers have since been defunct.

Orlando Pirates remains the only South African club to have won the CAF champions league, the did so in 1995 and in 1996 Orlando Pirates won the CAF Super Cup.

In 2013 they went all the way to the final and lost to Egyptian giants Al Ahly. Mamelodi Sundowns is another South African team to have made it to the finals and also lost to Al Ahly of Egypt in 2001. That same year, Kaizer Chiefs won the African Cup Winner’ Cup which has since been merged with CAF Cup to form today’s CAF Confederation Cup.

Domestic Competition Prizes

Trophy Competition Prize Money (for the Winner)
01 11AHCR_110108ChiSun_AP_CR Absa Premiership R10 Million
02 MTN-8_Trophy MTN 8 R8 Million
03 Telkom Knockout-Trophy Telkom Knockout R4, 250 000
04 Nedbank Cup Trophy Nedbank Cup R7 Million
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