2015–16 South African Premier Division

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South African Premier Division
Season2015–16
ChampionsMamelodi Sundowns (7th title)
RelegatedJomo Cosmos
Champions LeagueBV Wits
Mamelodi Sundowns
Confederation CupPlatinum Stars
Matches played240
Goals scored562 (2.34 per match)
Top goalscorerCollins Mbesuma (14)
Biggest home win
Biggest away winPlatinum Stars 0-4 BV Wits
(4 November 2015)
Highest scoring
Longest winning runMamelodi Sundowns (6)
Longest unbeaten runMamelodi Sundowns (18)
Longest winless runBloemfontein Celtic
Maritzburg United
Univ. of Pretoria (9)
Longest losing runMaritzburg United (8)
Average attendance6,520[1]
All statistics correct as of 21 May 2016.

The 2015–16 South African Premier Division season (known as the ABSA Premiership for sponsorship reasons) is the twentieth season of the Premier Soccer League since its establishment in 1996.

Mamelodi Sundowns won their seventh league title in dominant fashion, finishing 14 points ahead of second-place BV Wits. League newcomers Jomo Cosmos fell into last place for the first all year in their final game and will be relegated to the National First Division for the 2016-17 season.

Teams[edit]

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 [2]

Team City Home venue Capacity
Ajax Cape Town Cape Town Cape Town Stadium 69,070
BV Wits Johannesburg Bidvest Stadium 15,000
Bloemfontein Celtic Bloemfontein Free State Stadium 40,911
Chippa United Port Elizabeth Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 48,459
Free State Stars Phuthaditjhaba Charles Mopeli Stadium 50,000
Golden Arrows Durban Princess Magogo Stadium 12,000
Jomo Cosmos Tembisa Makhulong Stadium 20,000
Kaizer Chiefs Johannesburg FNB Stadium (Soccer City) 94,736
Mamelodi Sundowns Pretoria Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium 23,900
Maritzburg United Pietermaritzburg Harry Gwala Stadium 22,000
Mpumalanga Black Aces Nelspruit Mbombela Stadium 43,589
Orlando Pirates Johannesburg Orlando Stadium 40,000
Platinum Stars Phokeng Royal Bafokeng Stadium 44,530
Polokwane City Polokwane Peter Mokaba Stadium 45,000
SuperSport United Pretoria Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium 23,900
University of Pretoria Pretoria Tuks Stadium 8,000[3]

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Supplier Shirt sponsor
Ajax Cape Town South Africa Roger De Sá[4] Adidas[5] Huawei[6]
BV Wits South Africa Gavin Hunt[7] Kappa[8] Bidvest[9]
Bloemfontein Celtic South Africa Clinton Larsen Kappa[10] MTN[11]
Chippa United South Africa Roger Sikhakhane Nike[12] Chippa Holdings
Free State Stars Malawi Kinnah Phiri Maxed[13] Bonitas
Golden Arrows South Africa Serame Letsoaka Mille Vacant
Jomo Cosmos South Africa Jomo Sono Puma Vacant
Kaizer Chiefs South Africa Steve Komphela Nike[14] Vodacom[15]
Mamelodi Sundowns South Africa Pitso Mosimane[16] Nike[17] Ubuntu Botho
Maritzburg United South Africa Mandla Ncikazi Umbro[18] Vacant
Mpumalanga Black Aces Turkey Muhsin Ertuğral Umbro[19] ISPS Handa[20]
Orlando Pirates South Africa Eric Tinkler Adidas[21] Vodacom[15]
Platinum Stars South Africa Cavin Johnson Acelli[22] The Royal Marang Hotel
Polokwane City Serbia Kosta Papić[23] XCO Vacant
SuperSport United South Africa Gordon Igesund[24] Kappa[25] Engen Petroleum[26]
University of Pretoria Northern Ireland Sammy Troughton Umbro[27] WorkersLife[28]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Mamelodi Sundowns (C) 30 22 5 3 55 20 +35 71 Qualification for 2017 CAF Champions League
2 Bidvest Wits 30 17 6 7 44 24 +20 57
3 Platinum Stars 30 13 9 8 41 33 +8 47[a] Qualification for 2017 CAF Confederation Cup[b]
4 Mpumalanga Black Aces 30 12 11 7 37 29 +8 47
5 Kaizer Chiefs 30 11 13 6 38 30 +8 46
6 Chippa United 30 13 6 11 42 39 +3 45
7 Orlando Pirates 30 11 8 11 38 30 +8 41
8 SuperSport United 30 10 10 10 36 38 −2 40 Qualification for 2017 CAF Confederation Cup[b]
9 Golden Arrows 30 11 7 12 28 35 −7 40
10 Ajax Cape Town 30 9 10 11 34 41 −7 37
11 Bloemfontein Celtic 30 8 12 10 30 26 +4 36
12 Free State Stars 30 9 8 13 28 37 −9 35
13 Polokwane City 30 7 10 13 31 44 −13 31
14 Maritzburg United 30 6 9 15 35 53 −18 27
15 University of Pretoria (R) 30 6 7 17 25 42 −17 25 Qualification for PSL Playoff Tournament
16 Jomo Cosmos (R) 30 6 7 17 20 41 −21 25 Relegation to National First Division
Updated to match(es) played on 21 May 2016. Source: http://www.espnfc.com/south-african-premiership/2197/table
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) head-to-head points; 5) head-to-head goal difference; 6) head-to-head goals scored; 7) playoff
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Platinum Stars were docked 1 point for playing ineligible player Siyabonga Zulu.[29]
  2. ^ a b SuperSport United qualified as winners of the 2015–16 Nedbank Cup to the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup.

Positions by round[edit]

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
Mamelodi Sundowns6281076552221211111111111111111
BV Wits293214113112132332222222222222
Platinum Stars6115421221455665555555333343333
Mpumalanga Black Aces331532334333323223344555555554
Kaizer Chiefs614355646544444444433444434445
Chippa United6157111399108889976676666767877766
Orlando Pirates146129101111131210111310111113127977676666677
SuperSport United3368121314111112988101010101281110111010788898
Golden Arrows351078887777655779117989111111119989
Ajax Cape Town1382167789912121212121113810811109910910101210
Bloemfontein Celtic12139643465667799989111212121212121212121011
Free State Stars1416161491010910111310118886101210988891011111112
Polokwane City11011121112131214131011131313121113131313131313131313131313
Maritzburg United61415161616161616161616161616161616161616161616161616161514
Univ. of Pretoria14714151414121415151515151515151515151515141514141415151615
Jomo Cosmos61213131515151513141414141414141414141414151415151514141416
Leader
2017 CAF Champions League or 2017 CAF Confederation Cup
Relegation to National First Division or Playoff Tournament
Updated to match(es) played on 21 May 2016. Source: Soccerway ‹See Tfd›(in French)

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of 21 May 2016
Rank Player Club Goals[30]
1 Zambia Collins Mbesuma Black Aces 14
2 South Africa Thobani Mncwango Polokwane 13
South Africa Prince Nxumalo Ajax 13
4 Zimbabwe Khama Billiat Mamelodi 12
5 New Zealand Jeremy Brockie SuperSport Utd 11
6 Colombia Leonardo Castro Mamelodi 10
South Africa Ndumiso Mabena Platinum 10
8 Zimbabwe Evans Rusike Maritzburg Utd 9
9 Zimbabwe Willard Katsande Kaizer Chiefs 7
England James Keene Wits 7
South Africa Daine Klate Wits 7
South Africa Mpho Makola Pirates 7
South Africa Lerato Manzine Chippa Utd 7
South Africa Sibusiso Vilakazi Wits 7

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Thobani Mncwango4 Polokwane City SuperSport United 4-1[31] 16 January 2016
James Keene BV Wits Polokwane City 5-0[32] 22 January 2016
Jeremy Brockie SuperSport United Jomo Cosmos 2-4[33] 27 February 2016
Lerato Manzini Chippa United Platinum Stars 4-1[34] 27 April 2016
Frank Mhango4 Golden Arrows Mpumalanga Black Aces 2-4[35] 27 April 2016
Anthony Laffor Mamelodi Sundowns University of Pretoria 0-3[36] 4 May 2016

4 Player scored 4 goals.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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