Johannesburg - South
African soccer supporters will have to wait a while longer before they get the
official PSL fixtures of the 2015/16 season after Wednesday's preliminary draw
Premier Soccer League
general manager Derek Blanckensee revealed a
new computerised system in which the draw was conducted.
While the fixtures
for the season was calculated it still needed to be approved by the
broadcasters and the different clubs before it could be officially announced
later this month.
"We will not
issue the fixtures list today because we still have to go an meet with the
broadcaster and make some adjustments... then we send the fixtures out to clubs
for feedback," Blanckensee said.
"Once we get the
fixtures will go to the League's executive committee and hopefully they should
be ready to be officially issued by the end of the month."
Kaizer Chiefs will open the 2015/16 Premiership season with an away encounter
against Chippa United in Port Elizabeth on August 8.
The PSL season will
kick-off with the MTN8 quarter-finals on August 4 and 5 before the start of the
League the following weekend.
The calculation was
made to make special arrangements to avoid conflicts with FIFA weekends and CAF
competitions this season.
The League will take
a break between November 23 and December 15 should the Under-23 team reach the
final stages of the CAF Under-23 Championship which is the final stage of the 2016
Rio Olympic Games qualifiers.
"We will assume
that they will qualify for the Under-23 championship so there will not be any
fixtures in that period," Blackensee said.
happens and we don't win that then we will re-run the programme and change the
schedule and it may change a lot of things which could offer more weekends
which is ideal for the clubs."
In the past the draw
was based on a fixed formula which created pre-fixed patterns with
particular teams following each other in the fixtures.
After the break the
season will continue with the 2015 Telkom Knockout final on December 16 with the
Nedbank Cup running in March and April with the final scheduled for May 28,
After the December
break the Premiership competition will recommence on the weekend of January 8,
9 and 10.
fixtures for the 2015/16 Absa Premiership:
State Stars v Black Aces
Polokwane City v Bloemfontein Celtic
Platinum Stars v Mamelodi Sundowns
Chippa United v Kaizer Chiefs
Bidvest Wits v Ajax Cape Town
Golden Arrows v AmaTuks
Maritzburg United v Jomo Cosmos
SuperSport United v Orlando Pirates