National Soccer League (South Africa)

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National Soccer League
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Country South Africa
Founded 1985
Folded 1995
Most championships Kaizer Chiefs,
Mamelodi Sundowns (3 titles each)

The National Soccer League (NSL) was a South African football (soccer) league established in 1985, as a response to boardroom disagreements in the new topflight non-racial league NPSL (established in 1978 after a merger between NFL and "NPSL for blacks"). As the NSL accounted for the continuation of the major federation, the remainings of NPSL (known as "new NPSL"), decided after 10 years co-existence in 1985-95, finally to merge with NSL, to form today's Premier Soccer League (PSL).


Year Winner Runner-up Third-place
1985 Durban Bush Bucks Rangers Johannesburg Bloemfontein Celtic
1986 Rangers Johannesburg Durban Bush Bucks Amazulu
1987 Jomo Cosmos Kaizer Chiefs Mamelodi Sundowns
1988 Mamelodi Sundowns Jomo Cosmos Arcadia
1989 Kaizer Chiefs Orlando Pirates Hellenic
1990 Mamelodi Sundowns Kaizer Chiefs Orlando Pirates
1991 Kaizer Chiefs Sundowns Fairway Stars
1992 Kaizer Chiefs Hellenic Wits University
1993 Mamelodi Sundowns Moroka Swallows AmaZulu
1994 Orlando Pirates Cape Town Spurs Umtata Bucks
1995 Cape Town Spurs Sundowns Orlando Pirates


Team Titles Years
Mamelodi Sundowns
1988, 1990, 1993
Kaizer Chiefs
1989, 1991, 1992
Durban Bush Bucks
Rangers Johannesburg
Jomo Cosmos
Orlando Pirates
Cape Town Spurs

Top goalscorers[edit]

Season Player Goals Team
1985 Scotland Frank McGrellis 25 Wits University
1986 South Africa Thomas Hlongwane 32 Moroka Swallows
1987 South Africa Noel Cousins 25 Arcadia Fluoride
1988 South Africa Shane McGregor 19 Grinaker Rangers
& Kaizer Chiefs
1989 South Africa Noel Cousins 21 Arcadia Fluoride
& Moroka Swallows
1990 South Africa Bennett Masinga 20 Mamelodi Sundowns
1991 South Africa Fani Madida 28 Kaizer Chiefs
1992 South Africa George Dearnaley 20 AmaZulu
1993 South Africa Daniel Mudau 22 Sundowns FC
1994 Zimbabwe Wilfred Mugeyi 19 Umtata Bucks
1995 South Africa Gerald Stober 18 Hellenic


  1. ^ "South Africa Cup History". Retrieved 3 May 2010.