1998–99 Premier Soccer League
2nd PSL title
5th South African title
|CAF Champions League||Mamelodi Sundowns|
|African Cup Winners' Cup||SuperSport United|
|CAF Cup||Kaizer Chiefs|
|Goals scored||782 (2.56 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Pollen Ndlanya
|Biggest home win||Mamelodi Sundowns 7-1 Santos
Mamelodi Sundowns 7-1 Vaal Professionals
(3 February 1999)
|Biggest away win||Mamelodi Sundowns 0-4 SuperSport United
Dynamos 0-4 Qwa Qwa Stars
Hellenic 0-4 Cape Town Spurs
Moroka Swallows 0-4 SuperSport United
|Highest scoring||Manning Rangers 5-4 Vaal Professionals
Cape Town Spurs 4-5 Kaizer Chiefs
The 1998–99 Premier Soccer League, known as the 1998-99 Castle Premiership for sponsorship purposes, was the third season of the Premier Soccer League since its establishment in 1996. The season began on 31 July 1998 and ended on 9 June 1999. Mamelodi Sundowns became the first team in PSL history to defend their title as they won their second straight PSL title and their fifth South African title after previously winning the PSL's predecessor - the National Soccer League - on three occasions (1988, 1990 and 1993). In a hotly contested title race between Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs it came down to goal difference to separate the two as both finished on a joint record 75 points. A margin of +5 in goal difference was all that separated the two teams as Sundowns won their second in what would be a hat-trick of PSL titles.
As before, the league was contested by 18 teams, sixteen returning from the 1997-98 season and two newly promoted clubs; Dynamos and Seven Stars. The league would also continue to run parallel to the European football calendar (August - May) and not run concurrently with the African football calendar (January - December).
In what would become the most thrilling title race in PSL history, Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs - finishing as runners-up for the third successive season - were in a class of their own as they finished 15 points ahead of third place and in the process scored 10 more league goals than the next best team.
Both clubs ended the season with a record 75 points but the Brazilians lifted the trophy thanks to a superior goal difference (+44 versus Chiefs’ +39) after a gripping finale to the season that saw them at a level pegging for the last four rounds of league games.
Orlando Pirates again finished third, 15 points off the pace of the top two. Manning Rangers came in fourth, level on points with the Buccaneers for the second season in a row, while newly promoted Seven Stars had a fairlytale run into fifth place. Qwa Qwa Stars came in sixth with Bloemfontein Celtic and SuperSport United rounding out the top-eight in seventh and eighth places respectively.
Soweto giants Moroka Swallows continued to disappoint as they endured a terrible season, ending 15th on the log, while Santos finished just above the relegation zone once again, albeit a lot more comfortably than they did a year ago.
The unfortunate duo to get the chop were newly promoted Dynamos and Vaal Professionals. Dynamos finished six points away from Santos and safety while Vaal Professionals endured a miserable season, amassing a dismal 21 points. Both relegated teams set unwanted records during the season as the impotent Dynamos bagged a record low 20 goals while the Vaal Professionals' porous defence shipped a record high 74 goals. Sadly, much like Real Rovers - who had been relegated the year before - relegation would prove disastrous for Vaal Professionals as they would not return to the PSL and would cease to exist entirely by the end of the decade.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Notes, Qualifications & Relegations|
|1||Mamelodi Sundowns (C)||34||23||6||5||70||26||+44||75||2000 CAF Champions League First Round1|
|2||Kaizer Chiefs||34||23||6||5||73||34||+39||75||2000 CAF Cup First Round1|
|6||Qwa Qwa Stars||34||13||11||10||43||39||+4||50|
|8||SuperSport United||34||11||13||10||45||38||+7||46||2000 African Cup Winners' Cup First Round1|
|13||Cape Town Spurs||34||9||12||13||52||50||+2||39|
|17||Dynamos (R)||34||7||8||19||20||51||-31||29||Relegated to the National First Division|
|18||Vaal Professionals (R)||34||5||6||23||38||74||-36||21|
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
(C) = Champions; (R) = Relegated
1 Due to the PSL following a different football calendar to the rest of Africa, which runs over a single calendar year and not the international August–May calendar followed by the PSL, Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs & SuperSport United were only eligible to enter the 2000 editions of the respective CAF competitions they qualified for.
- "Premier Soccer League: Top scorers' list". worldfootball.net.