Cape Town - The MultiChoice Diski Challenge has taken local football by storm in it's inaugural season, offering the fans a lot more to talk about and also unearthing new talent.
The 16-team tournament debuted at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi, Durban with much fanfare. Four matches took place, with two clashes from each group. The excitement continued when Cape Town hosted the other four first-round matches at the Coetzenburg Stadium in Stellenbosch.
The Nike Football Training Centre in Pimville, Soweto hosted eight matches in the second round. The teams then got a chance to host their matches in match-day three. Pretoria went a step further when back-to-back encounters took place in successive days at the Tuks Stadium, with eight matches being played each day.
The home teams again hosted the clashes at their home grounds in the sixth round, resulting in matches taking place in eight different venues across the country.
The final round had four encounters playing at the Galeshewe Stadium in Kimberly over two days. The other four were hosted by the home teams in four different stadiums.
supersport.com looked at the tournament in numbers:
164 - The total number of goals scored in the group stage of the tournament. Group A teams contributed 78 while 86 came from Group B.
56 - The number of matches played in the group stage.
42 - The total number of wins in the matches played, each group had 21 wins - making it a tie.
14 - The total of drawn matches, with 7 draws from each group.
11 - Celtic had the highest goal difference of eleven in the group stage.
17 - The team with highest number of goals conceded was Swallows, who finished with a goal difference of minus 14.
16 - The highest number of goals scored by a team was achieved by Polokwane City, who netted sixteen times.
15 - Orlando Pirates' 15 points were the highest by a team in the group stage.
8 - The highest scoring matches produced eight goals. Celtic crushed Swallows 8-0 in the second round, while Chippa United and Polokwane won 6-2 against Free State Stars and Maritzburg United respectively.
8 - The number of teams remaining in the competition, they will contest the quarterfinals in January 2015.
9 - Number of braces scored in the tournament, by nine different players. Four of those came in the final round of the group stage.
6 - It took AmaZulu six matches to register their first point.
6 - AmaZulu also suffered the most defeats, losing six of their seven matches.
5 - Number of goals scored by the top goalscorer, Mothusi Gopane from Polokwane.
5 - Pirates won most matches with the five victories they achieved.
5 - The number of festivals that were put together by the organisers took place in five venues; King Zwelithini Stadium (Umlazi), Coetzenburg Stadium (Cape Town), Nike Football Training Centre (Soweto), Tuks Stadium (Pretoria) and Galeshewe Stadium (Kimberly).
4 - Number of goals scored by Bloemfontein Celtic's Vuyani Ntanga in one match against Moroka Swallows. Interestingly, that's the only game he ever played in the competition.
4 - The number of matches it took Maritzburg to register they first points, they defeated Ajax Cape Town 2-1 after losing their first three matches.
4 - Number of goals scored by second-joint top scorers Khanyisa Mayo (Chippa) and Jackson Maphathe (Free State), who are both out of the competition after their teams got eliminated.
4 - Bidvest Wits had the most draws, with four of their matches not producing a winner.
4 - Celtic conceded the least number of goals, with the defence being broken only four times. SuperSport United had the second best defence record after conceding only five goals.
3 - Number of goals scored by Celtic's Lethola Mofoekeng in the only match he played against Polokwane in the third round. That was the only hat-trick in the group stage.
3 - Kaizer Chiefs' midfielder Hendrick Estein had the most match-of-the-match awards with the three he collected.
1 - Maritzburg were the only side to register a single win.
1 - AmaZulu, who finished bottom of Group B, accumulated only one point in seven matches.
0 - Swallows and AmaZulu failed to win a match in seven attempts.