2008–09 Premier Soccer League
2nd PSL title
|Relegated||Thanda Royal Zulu
|2010 CAF Champions League||Supersport United
|2010 CAF Confederation Cup||Moroka Swallows (via domestic cup)|
|Goals scored||569 (2.37 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Richard Henyekane (19)|
|Biggest home win||Bloemfontein Celtic 6–1 Thanda Royal Zulu (25 Jan 2009)|
|Biggest away win||Platinum Stars 0–6 Golden Arrows (18 Mar 2009)|
|Highest scoring||Bidvest Wits 6–2 Thanda Royal Zulu (18 Feb 2009)
|Average attendance||7,416 |
The 2008–09 Premier Soccer League season (known as the ABSA Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the thirteenth since its establishment. Supersport United were the defending champions, having won their first Premier Soccer League title on the final day of the previous season. The campaign began in August 2008, ended in May 2009. A total of 16 teams contested in the league, 14 of which contested in the 2007–08 season, and two of which were have been promoted from the National First Division.
Season summary 
Supersport United defended their title to win their second consecutive Premiership title. Orlando Pirates came close to taking the title in the final game. Both teams were tied at the top of the points table with 55 points each. Supersport United had a greater goal difference with 23 goals over Orlando Pirates's 17 goals.
Bay United were relegated to the National League after finishing at the bottom of the table on 21 points. Thanda Royal Zulu will go into a playoff with teams from the National League to determain if they will retain their place in the PSL or be relegated to the National League after ending 15th on the league table with 33 points.
Bloemfontein Celtic survived relegation on goal difference, ending 14th on the league table with 33 points. They were tied with Thanda Royal Zulu, but their goal difference were greater than that of Thanda Royal Zulu.
Promotion and relegation 
Teams promoted from 2007–08 National First Division
Teams relegated to 2008–09 National First Division
|2||Mpumalanga Black Aces||1||2||3|
|2||Mpumalanga Black Aces||0||3||3|
|15||Thanda Royal Zulu||0||0||0|
|15||Thanda Royal Zulu||0||1||1|
|2||F.C. Cape Town||0||1||1|
- Champions of the Inland Stream Jomo Cosmos took on Champions of the Costal Stream Carara Kicks in a two leg playoff for promotion to the Premier Division.
- The first leg of the play-off saw the match end in a goalless draw at the Charles Mopeli Stadium on 7 May 2009.
- The second leg of the play-off saw Jomo Cosmos win Carara Kicks 2 – 1 at Vaal Technikon on 10 May 2009 to see Jomo Cosmos promoted to the Premier Division.
- Thanda Royal Zulu who finished 15th on the Premier Division table will go into a mini play-off tournament with Carara Kicks (who lost their play-off match with Jomo Cosmos), Mpumalanga Black Aces (who finished second in the Inland Stream) and F.C. Cape Town (who finished second in the Costal Sream).
- Carara Kicks will face Mpumalanga Black Aces and Thanda Royal Zulu will face F.C. Cape Town 
Teams promoted from 2008–09 National First Division
Teams relegated to 2009–10 National First Division
League table 
|2008 PSL Absa Premiership|
|1||30||16||7||7||45||22||23||55||PSL Champions 2008/2009
2010 CAF Champions League
|2||30||15||10||5||37||20||17||55||2010 CAF Champions League|
|11||30||10||7||12||32||39||−7||37||2010 CAF Confederation Cup|
|15||30||10||3||17||40||58||−18||33||Play-off to stay in PSL|
|16||30||5||6||19||26||56||−30||21||Relegated to National First Division|
Updated 10 May 2009:
Points Breakdown 
- Three points for a win
- One point for a draw
Table Notes 
- P = Played
- W = Won
- D = Drawn
- L = Lost
- GF = Goal For
- GA = Goal Against
- GD = Goal Difference (GF – GA)
- Pts = Total Points
|Home \ Away||AJX||AMZ||BAY||BVW||BLC||FSS||GOL||KZC||MLS||MAR||MOR||ORL||PLA||SAN||SUP||TRZ|
|Free State Stars||3–0||3–2||3–2||1–1||5–1||0–0||2–0||1–1||1–1||1–2||1–1||0–0||1–0||4–1||2–0|
|Thanda Royal Zulu||0–1||0–3||1–0||0–1||2–1||2–3||2–2||1–2||1–0||0–0||4–2||0–2||2–1||0–1||1–2|
PSL Awards 
Teko Modise was the biggest winner at the annual Premier Soccer League awards dinner on 24 May 2009 at Gold Reef City Casino, pocketing a whopping R400 000 after he was named Footballer of the Year and Players' Player of the Year.
It was the second time that the Orlando Pirates midfielder bagged the coveted Footballer of the Year honour, following his controversial win last season. This time, however, Modise's brilliance from the unusual left of midfield position helped Pirates mount a championship bid.
|Premier League Champions||Supersport United||-||R10 000 000|
|Footballer of the Season||Teko Modise||Orlando Pirates||R 250 000|
|Premiership Player of the Season||Lucas Thwala||Orlando Pirates||R 150 000|
|Players' Player of the Season||Teko Modise||Orlando Pirates||R 150 000|
|Young Player of the Season||Bongani Khumalo||Supersport United||R 50 000|
|Goalkeeper of the Season||Kennedy Mweene||Free State Stars||R 50 000|
|Top Goal Scorer of the Season||Richard Henyekane||Golden Arrows||R75 000|
|Goal of the Season||Ryan Botha||Moroka Swallows||R 50 000|
|Chaiman's Award||Andre Arendse &
|Supersport United &
R 100 000
|Coach of the Season||Gavin Hunt||Supersport United||R75 000|
|Referee of the Season||Jerome Damon||-||R 50 000|
|MTN8 Player of the Tournament||Gert Schalkwyk||Kaizer Chiefs||R 150 000|
|Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament||Mthokozisi Yende||Pretoria University||R 100 000|
|Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament||Franklin Cale||Ajax Cape Town||R 200 000|
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Top goalscorers 
As of May 23, 2009
- 19 goals
- 16 goals
- 10 goals
- Luis Rentería (Platinum Stars)
- Surprise Moriri (Mamelodi Sundowns)
- Anthony Laffor (SuperSport United)
- Bernard Parker (Thanda Royal Zulu)
- Sthembiso Ngcobo (Free State Stars)
- 9 goals
- Dumisani Ngwenya (AmaZulu)
- Katlego Mashego (Orlando Pirates)
- Gert Schalkwyk (Bloemfontein Celtic)
- Bradley Ritson (AmaZulu)
- 8 goals
- Elias Pelembe (SuperSport United)
- Lucas Thwala (Orlando Pirates)
- Nkosinathi Nhleko (SuperSport United)
PSL managers 
|Craig Rosslee||Ajax Cape Town||July 2007|
|Clive Barker||AmaZulu||July 2007|
|Khabo Zondo||Bay United||November 2008|
|Roger De Sa||Bidvest Wits||June 2007|
|Owen Da Gama||Bloemfontein Celtic|
|Steve Komphela||Free State Stars|
|Manqoba Mngqithi||Golden Arrows||January 2007|
|Fani Madida||Kaizer Chiefs||May 2009|
|Ted Dumitru||Mamelodi Sundowns||March 2009|
|Gordon Igesund||Maritzburg United||July 2008|
|Júlio César Leal||Moroka Swallows||July 2008|
|Ruud Krol||Orlando Pirates||July 2008|
|David Bright||Santos||January 2008|
|Miguel Gamondi||Platinum Stars||December 2007|
|Gavin Hunt||Supersport United||June 2007|
|Roger Palmgren||Thanda Royal Zulu||August 2007|
Kits 2008–2009 
|Free State Stars||Umbro||Bonitas|
|Thanda Royal Zulu||Lotto||Vacant|
Dec 2008/Jan 2009 Transfer Window 
|Name||Last registration||To club|
|Tsweu Makoro||Moroka Swallows||Ajax Cape Town|
|Tawfeeq Salie||Ajax Cape Town||Ajax Cape Town|
|Stanton Lewis||Unspecified||Ajax Cape Town|
|Jean Njoh||Unspecified||Bay United|
|Nhlanhla Vilakazi||Golden Arrows||Bay United|
|Bulelani Matross||Hanover Park||Bay United|
|Samuel Ramosoeu||Bidboys||Bidvest Wits|
|Tebogo Langerman||Bidboys||Bidvest Wits|
|Calvin Kadi||Supersport United||Bidvest Wits|
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