The DSTV Premier league which is the elite league in South Africa is one of the most popular soccer leagues in Africa due to the professional manner in which the club is run. The league is not only recognised in Africa but in the whole world because the Soweto derby, which features two teams from the PSL is recognised as one of the top derbies in the world, there are also several players such as Steven Pienaar, Aaron Mokoena and Benni McCarthy who have played in the PSL and later excelled in foreign European leagues and they have been great ambassadors of the PSL. The DStv Premier League was established in the year 1996 and it consists of a number of 16 teams, a regular season runs from August to May.
The DSTV Premier League started on the 20th of August 2021 with a match featuring Mamelodi Sundowns and Amazulu. Mamelodi Sundowns began their campaign on a high, with a win against Amazulu, other big guns Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates started with draws and it remains to be seen how the season will unfold. It is quite unfortunate that supporters are still not allowed in stadiums due to the Covid 19 restrictions and the fans will have to watch the matches on DSTV.
If you are looking at exciting soccer, the PSL provides that in abundance and week in week out, soccer fans are treated to some exciting matches, below are some of the matches to look forward to;
Orlando Pirates vs Moroka Swallows
Mamelodi Sundowns vs Kaizer Chiefs
Amazulu vs SuperSport United
Chippa United vs Orlando Pirates
Moroka Swallows vs SuperSport United
Last season ended with Mamelodi Sundowns, Amazulu and Orlando Pirates as the top three and it remains to be seen if Benni and his charges will replicate last season’s form and be amongst the top three again this season. At the begining of the season, three names will obviously be the bookmaker’s favourites top be amongst the top three and the teams are Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.
Mamelodi Sundowns are favourites not only to be in the top three, but to go all the way and win the league because the team is super strong and they have a strong technical department as well, Kaizer Chiefs have aquired the services of some big players including Keegan Dolly, so there are high expectations that they will be in the top three as well. Orlando Pirates on the other hand are in a bad space because their coach recently resigned and a new coach has been brought in but it may take time for them to gel and fight for the title. Other teams like SuperSport United and Amazulu are likely to be up there fighting for a top-three finish or higher.
When does this season end?
The DSTV Premier League 2021/22 season is provisionally scheduled to end on the 21st of May 2022 and that will likely be the case if there are no disruptions like the ones caused by the Covid 19 pandemic in the past seasons.
The league has begun but PSL teams are still looking at bolstering their squads by singing new players and off-loading some.
Chippa United are looking to strengthen their defense and they are reportedly earger to sign Bangaly Soumahoro, this comes after Chippa United have already signed 16 new players.
Swallows made a statement signing ahead of the 2021/22 season by signing utility player Tebogo Langerman from Mamelodi Sundowns, he will bring a lot of experience having won a lot with Mamelodi Sundowns.
SuperSport United have signed former Mamelodi Sundowns defender Buhle Mkhwanazi on a one-year deal with an option to renew.