a dramatic start to the English Premier League!
it was the shock 1-0 loss of defending champions Leicester City to
newly-promoted Hull City in the tale of two Cities and then the seven-goal fest
between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates.
that was not enough to whet the appetite of South African football lovers ahead
of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) season that kicks off next week Tuesday, nothing
local season is kicking off a week late because of the 2016 Rio Olympics
where Mzansi had two teams - Banyana Banyana and the SA Under-23s - representing
postponement was made to accommodate clubs such as Mamelodi Sundowns who had
key players like Keagan Dolly in the national team.
season starts in an odd way with four matches next Tuesday and three the
following day followed by MTN8 fixtures a mere three days later that will run
from Friday to Sunday.
openers will see Bidvest Wits who finished second last season, host Kaizer
Chiefs who faded badly towards the end of the season, giving up their title
with a whimper.
Cape Town City host Polokwane City at the magnificent Cape Town Stadium while
City’s neighbours Ajax Cape Town will travel the opposite direction to face
other new babies Baroka FC at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.
last fixture of the opening day will see Chippa United, who finished an
impressive sixth, lay on the red carpet for Free State Stars at the Nelson
Mandela Bay Stadium.
matches will be on offer next Wednesday as Orlando Pirates open with what has
become their traditional opening and closing fixture of the season against
Golden Arrows at Orlando Stadium, Platinum Stars come up against SuperSport
United while Bloemfontein Celtic will engage Maritzburg United.
Sundowns will be the only club missing in action on the first two days as they
will be engaged in the CAF Champions League semi-final.
then on the weekend, City will host Chiefs in a MTN8 quarter-final on Friday with
Saturday matches being Platinum Stars v Chippa, Wits v Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi
Sundowns v Supersport United being the only match on the Sunday.
first trophy of the season will be handed over on October 1, which is the day
penciled in for the MTN8 final.
will be a short break in January to accommodate the Africa Cup of Nations
(AFCON) finals in Gabon.
the league matches end on May 27, there will be the Telkom Knockout Cup and the
curtain will finally come down with the Nedbank Cup final on June 3.
is indeed a mouthwatering season to look forward to.
question on many lips would be: Will anyone dispose Sundowns as kings? Others
would be keen to see how the Soweto giants, Chiefs and Pirates do.
is quite a lot to look forward to.
S'Busiso Mseleku is regarded as one of Africa's leading
sports journalists and an authority on football. He has received some of
the biggest awards in a career spanning over 30 years. He is currently
City Press Sports Editor.
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