2011–12 Premier Soccer League

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Premier Soccer League
Season 2011–12
Champions Orlando Pirates
4th PSL title
Champions League Orlando Pirates
Confederation Cup Supersport United (via domestic cup)
Matches played 240
Goals scored 582 (2.43 per match)
Top goalscorer Siyabonga Nomvethe (20 goals)
Biggest home win SuperSport United 7–0 Maritzburg United
(14 October 2011)[1]
Biggest away win Black Leopards 2-5 Moroka Swallows
(4 May 2012)[2]
Black Leopards 1-4 Amazulu
(22 April 2012)[3]
Ajax Cape Town 0-3 Mamelodi Sundowns
(17 March 2012)[4]
Santos 2–5 Mamelodi Sundowns
(30 November 2011)[5]
Golden Arrows 0-3 Bloemfontein Celtic
(13 August 2011)[6]
Highest scoring Black Leopards 2-5 Moroka Swallows
(4 May 2012)[7]
Platinum Stars 3-4 Orlando Pirates
(22 February 2012)[8]
Ajax Cape Town 4–3 Black Leopards
(21 December 2011)[9]
Santos 2–5 Mamelodi Sundowns
(30 November 2011)[10] SuperSport United 7–0 Maritzburg United
(14 October 2011)[11]
Longest winning run 3 wins
Kaizer Chiefs
Mamelodi Sundowns
SuperSport United
Longest unbeaten run 4 games
Mamelodi Sundowns
SuperSport United
Maritzburg United
Longest losing run 4 games
Santos
Average attendance 7,120 [12]

South Africa's 2011–12 Premier Soccer League season (known as the ABSA Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the sixteenth since its establishment. Orlando Pirates were the defending champions, having won their third PSL title, and in the process ended SuperSport United's 3 year grip on the championship. The season kicked off on 12 August 2011 and ended on 19 May 2012.[13][14]

16 teams contested the season, including two newly promoted teams - yo-yo club Jomo Cosmos[15] - who were promoted for the second time in 3 seasons after winning the 2010-11 National First Division champions' playoff 5-4 on penalties against Bay United, and Black Leopards[16] who came through a four-way promotion playoff, defeating Bay United 2-0 over a two-legged final. Orlando Pirates secured the title with a 4–2 win against Golden Arrows on 19 May 2012.[17] This was their fourth PSL title overall and the second in succession. At the bottom, Jomo Cosmos was automatically relegated to the First Division[18] while Santos was relegated via the PSL Playoff Tournament.[19][20][21]

TV rights[edit]

The PSL announced that current digital broadcaster SuperSport had won the rights to continue broadcasting the PSL after their current contract expired at the end of the 2011-12 season. The new broadcasting deal will commence at the start of the 2012-13 season and is said to be worth R2 billion over 5 years. As with their outgoing contract, SuperSport will continue to lease a select number of matches to free-to-air public broadcaster SABC.[22]

Teams[edit]

The team finishing 16th and last during the 2010-11 PSL season - Mpumalanga Black Aces - was automatically relegated from the PSL while the team finishing 15th - Vasco da Gama - was entered into a four-way relegation/promotion playoff with 3 teams from the 2010-11 National First Division season, where they were comfortably beaten 4-2 on aggregate by Black Leopards in the semi-finals and thus relegated from the PSL. As it was, both Black Aces and Vasco had been promoted in the previous season, so they each spent a single season in the top flight before going straight back down.

Jomo Cosmos and Black Leopards had finished first and second in the Inland Stream of the 2010-11 National First Division season. Cosmos, as champions of the Inland Stream, faced off against the champions of the Coastal Stream - Bay United - and beat them 5-4 on penalties after two goalless draws, thus securing promotion to the PSL. In the next phase of the relegation/promotion playoffs Black Leopards had taken on and defeated Vasco da Gama of the PSL over two legs and proceeded to reach the final of the playoffs, where they met Bay United. Leopards continued Bay United's heartbreaking end to their season by defeating them over two legs to earn a return to the PSL after two seasons out of the top flight.

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Football teams in South Africa tend to use multiple stadiums over the course of a season for their home games. The following table will only indicate the stadium used most often by the club for their home games

Team Location of training field Province Home venue Capacity
Ajax Cape Town Cape Town (Parow) Western Cape Cape Town Stadium 55,000
AmaZulu Durban (Durban North) Kwazulu-Natal Moses Mabhida Stadium 54,000
Bidvest Wits Johannesburg (Braamfontein) Gauteng Bidvest Stadium 5,000
Black Leopards Polokwane Limpopo Peter Mokaba Stadium 45,000
Bloemfontein Celtic Bloemfontein Free State Seisa Ramabodu Stadium 20,000
Free State Stars Phuthaditjhaba Free State Charles Mopeli Stadium 35,000
Golden Arrows Umlazi Kwazulu-Natal King Zwelithini Stadium 10,000
Jomo Cosmos Johannesburg Gauteng Makhulong Stadium 15,000
Kaizer Chiefs Johannesburg (Soweto) Gauteng FNB Stadium (Soccer City) 94,700
Mamelodi Sundowns Pretoria (Arcadia) Gauteng Loftus Versfeld Stadium 52,000
Maritzburg United Pietermaritzburg Kwazulu-Natal Harry Gwala Stadium 10,700
Moroka Swallows Johannesburg (Soweto) Gauteng Dobsonville Stadium 24,000
Orlando Pirates Johannesburg (Soweto) Gauteng Orlando Stadium 36,400
Platinum Stars Rustenburg (Phokeng) North West Royal Bafokeng Stadium 45,000
Santos Cape Town (Lansdowne) Western Cape Athlone Stadium 25,000
Supersport United Pretoria (Atteridgeville) Gauteng Lucas Moripe Stadium 28,900

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Supplier Shirt sponsor
Ajax Cape Town Netherlands Maarten Stekelenburg Adidas MTN
AmaZulu Sweden Roger Palmgren Adidas SPAR
Bidvest Wits South Africa Roger De Sa Nike Bidvest
Black Leopards Zimbabwe Sunday Chidzambwa Umbro MTN
Bloemfontein Celtic South Africa Clinton Larsen Reebok MTN
Free State Stars South Africa Steve Komphela Umbro Bonitas
Golden Arrows Germany Ernst Middendorp Millé MTN
Jomo Cosmos South Africa Jomo Sono Puma
Kaizer Chiefs Serbia Vladimir Vermezović Nike Vodacom
Mamelodi Sundowns Netherlands Johan Neeskens Nike Ubuntu Botho
Maritzburg United South Africa Ian Palmer Hummel
Moroka Swallows South Africa Gordon Igesund Puma VW
Orlando Pirates Brazil Júlio César Leal Adidas Vodacom
Platinum Stars South Africa Owen Da Gama Puma Royal Bafokeng
Santos South Africa Boebie Solomons Winner Engen
Supersport United South Africa Gavin Hunt Under Armour DStv

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Ajax CT Netherlands Foppe de Haan Retirement 21 May 2011[23] End of season Netherlands Maarten Stekelenburg 21 June 2011[24]
Orlando Pirates Netherlands Ruud Krol End of contract June 2011[25] End of season Brazil Júlio César Leal 22 June 2011[26]
Amazulu South Africa Manqoba Mngqithi Sacked 18 September 2011[27] 15th Sweden Roger Palmgren 18 September 2011[28]
Black Leopards Zimbabwe Sunday Chidzambwa Redeployed 26 October 2011[29] Serbia Vladislav Heric 26 October 2011[30]
Santos South Africa Boebie Solomons Redeployed 8 December 2011[31] 14th South Africa Duncan Crowie 8 December 2011[32]
Platinum Stars South Africa Owen Da Gama Suspended 9 March 2012[33] 13th South Africa Cavin Johnson and South Africa Allan Freese 9 March 2012
Orlando Pirates Brazil Júlio César Leal Sacked 12 March 2012[34] Peru Augusto Palacios 12 March 2012[35]
Kaizer Chiefs Serbia Vladimir Vermezovic Sacked 12 April 2012[36] South Africa Ace Khuse 12 March 2012
Santos South Africa Duncan Crowie Caretaker period ended 19 April 2012[37] 15th Netherlands Mart Nooij 19 April 2012[38]
Black Leopards Serbia Vladislav Heric Redeployed 8 May 2012[39] 14th Zimbabwe Sunday Chidzambwa 8 May 2012

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Orlando Pirates (C) (Q) 30 17 7 6 39 26 +13 58 Qualification to 2013 CAF Champions League
2 Moroka Swallows 30 15 11 4 48 34 +14 56
3 SuperSport United 30 15 9 6 39 23 +16 54 Qualification to 2013 CAF Confederation Cup
4 Mamelodi Sundowns 30 14 10 6 44 23 +21 52
5 Kaizer Chiefs 30 14 8 8 35 23 +12 50
6 Free State Stars 30 14 6 10 38 31 +7 48
7 AmaZulu 30 10 11 9 32 24 +8 41
8 Bloemfontein Celtic 30 11 8 11 36 33 +3 41
9 Ajax Cape Town 30 11 7 12 42 49 −7 40
10 Platinum Stars 30 10 6 14 37 39 −2 36
11 Maritzburg United 30 7 13 10 26 38 −12 34
12 Bidvest Wits 30 7 12 11 31 38 −7 33
13 Golden Arrows 30 9 5 16 40 48 −8 32
14 Black Leopards 30 7 8 15 36 58 −22 29
15 Santos (R) 30 7 6 17 34 48 −14 27 Qualification to PSL Playoff Tournament
16 Jomo Cosmos (R) 30 2 13 15 24 46 −22 19 Relegation to National First Division

Updated to games played on 19 May 2012.
Source: Standings
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] AJX AMZ BVW BLP BLC FSS GOL JC KZC MLS MAR MOR ORL PLA SAN SUP
Ajax 2–4 0–2 4–3 2–0 3–1 4–1 1–1 2–1 0–3 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–2 1–1 0–0
AmaZulu 4–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 1–2 2–2 1–2
Bidvest Wits 1–1 3–1 0–0 1–3 1–3 2–2 0–1 1–1 2–3 0–0 1–3 3–1 2–1 1–0 0–1
Black Leopards 3–1 1–4 1–2 2–2 1–3 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–0 2–5 0–2 2–3 2–1 1–0
Bloemfontein Celtic 4–2 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 3–2 3–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–2
Free State Stars 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–2 2–1 3–1 1–0 1–2 0–2 4–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–1
Golden Arrows 0–1 1–2 1–1 4–2 0–3 2–0 3–1 0–0 1–1 4–1 2–0 2–4 3–1 1–3 1–2
Jomo Cosmos 1–2 0–0 0–0 2–2 1–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–2 2–1 2–2 2–2
Kaizer Chiefs 2–0 0–0 2–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 2–1 2–0 0–1 3–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–2
Mamelodi Sundowns 2–3 0–0 1–1 5–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 4–0 0–0 1–2 3–1 0–1
Maritzburg United 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 3–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–0
Moroka Swallows 3–2 1–1 3–0 4–1 0–0 2–1 3–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 2–2 0–0 2–1 3–2 1–1
Orlando Pirates 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 3–1 2–0 2–1 3–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 3–0
Platinum Stars 2–0 0–1 0–2 2–2 2–1 0–1 1–0 4–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 3–4 4–1 0–0
Santos 0–1 1–2 3–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–5 2–1 1–3 3–0 1–2 0–1
Supersport United 2–1 0–1 2–1 3–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–3 7–0 0–0 1–2 2–0 1–0

Updated to games played on 19 May 2012.
Source: Premier Soccer League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Statistics[edit]

Top goalscorers As of May 19, 2012

Rank Player Club Goals
1
South Africa Siyabonga Nomvethe Moroka Swallows
20
2
South Africa Eleazar Rodgers Santos
13
3
South Africa Edward Manqele Free State Stars
11
4
South Africa Lehlohonolo Majoro Kaizer Chiefs
10
South Africa David Mathebula Moroka Swallows
10
South Africa Benni McCarthy Orlando Pirates
10
South Africa Katlego Mphela Mamelodi Sundowns
10
8
South Africa Luyanda Bacela Bloemfontein Celtic
9
Zimbabwe Nyasha Mushekwi Mamelodi Sundowns
9
10
Zimbabwe Khama Billiat Ajax Cape Town
8
South Africa Thamsanqa Gabuza Golden Arrows
8
Zimbabwe Kingston Nkhata Black Leopards
8

Last updated: 19 May 2012
Source: Premier Soccer League

Awards[edit]

The 2011-12 PSL Awards ceremony was held on 27 May 2012.

PSL Footballer of the Year[edit]

The PSL Footballer of the Year was awarded to Siyabonga Nomvethe.[40]

Palesa Shabalala The PSL Player of the Season was also awarded to Siyabonga Nomvethe.[40]

PSL Players' Player of the Season[edit]

The PSL Players' Player of the Season was also awarded to Siyabonga Nomvethe.[40]

PSL Red Hot Young Player of the Season[edit]

The PSL Red Hot Young Player of the Season was awarded to Ronwen Williams.[40]

PSL Coach of the Season[edit]

The PSL Coach of the Season was awarded to Gordon Igesund.[40]

PSL Top Goalscorer[edit]

The PSL Top Goalscorer award went to Siyabonga Nomvethe.[40]

PSL Goalkeeper of the Season[edit]

The PSL Goalkeeper of the Season award went to Wayne Sandilands.[40]

PSL Absa-lutely Awesome Goal of the Season[edit]

The PSL Absa-lutely Awesome Goal of the Season award went to Benni McCarthy.[40]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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