2008–09 Premier Soccer League

13th Season of the top soccer league in South Africa
Football league season
Premier Soccer League
Season2008–09
ChampionsSupersport United
2nd PSL title
RelegatedThanda Royal Zulu
Bay United
2010 CAF Champions LeagueSupersport United
Orlando Pirates
2010 CAF Confederation CupMoroka Swallows (via domestic cup)
Matches played240
Goals scored569 (2.37 per match)
Top goalscorerRichard Henyekane (19)
Biggest home winBloemfontein Celtic 6–1 Thanda Royal Zulu (25 Jan 2009)[1]
Biggest away winPlatinum Stars 0–6 Golden Arrows (18 Mar 2009)[2]
Highest scoringBidvest Wits 6–2 Thanda Royal Zulu (18 Feb 2009)
(8 goals)
Average attendance7,416 [3]

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.

Clubs

Promotion and relegation

Pre-Season

Teams promoted from 2007–08 National First Division

Teams relegated to 2008–09 National First Division

Post-Season

Semifinals Final
          
1 Carara Kicks 1 1 2
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

Teams promoted from 2008–09 National First Division

Teams relegated to 2009–10 National First Division

League table

2008 PSL Absa Premiership
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Supersport United (C) 30 16 7 7 45 22 +23 55 2010 CAF Champions League
2 Orlando Pirates 30 15 10 5 37 20 +17 55
3 Kaizer Chiefs 30 15 5 10 37 32 +5 50
4 Free State Stars 30 12 11 7 38 24 +14 47
5 Golden Arrows 30 13 7 10 44 28 +16 46
6 Bidvest Wits 30 13 7 10 42 33 +9 46
7 Ajax Cape Town 30 13 7 10 36 34 +2 46
8 AmaZulu 30 12 6 12 33 33 0 42
9 Mamelodi Sundowns 30 11 7 12 28 28 0 40
10 Santos 30 10 9 11 28 31 −3 39
11 Moroka Swallows 29 10 7 12 32 39 −7 37 2010 CAF Confederation Cup
12 Maritzburg United 30 10 6 14 34 53 −19 36
13 Platinum Stars 30 8 11 11 35 40 −5 35
14 Bloemfontein Celtic 30 8 9 13 34 38 −4 33
15 Thanda Royal Zulu 30 10 3 17 40 58 −18 33 Play-off to stay in PSL
16 Bay United (R) 30 5 6 19 26 56 −30 21 Relegated to National First Division
Updated to match(es) played on 10 May 2009. Source: [5]
Rules for classification: Three points for a win and one point for a draw.
(C) 2008–09 PSL Champions; (R) Relegated

Results

Home \ Away AJX AMZ BAY BVW BLC FSS GOL KZC MLS MAR MOR ORL PLA SAN SUP TRZ
Ajax Cape Town 0–0 4–1 2–1 2–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 5–2
AmaZulu 2–0 3–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 0–0 1–2 1–2 1–2 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–0
Bay United 1–3 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 2–0 1–2 1–1 2–0 0–3 0–1 0–1 1–2
Bidvest Wits 1–0 2–3 5–0 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–4 1–2 4–1 2–0 0–2 1–0 2–0 0–0 6–2
Bloemfontein Celtic 2–1 0–2 3–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 4–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 6–1
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
Golden Arrows 4–0 0–1 1–2 2–3 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 5–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–1 0–2 2–2
Kaizer Chiefs 2–0 3–0 3–3 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–2 2–2 0–3 0–3 1–2
Mamelodi Sundowns 0–2 3–0 1–2 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–4 0–1 3–0 0–1 0–0 0–2 2–1 1–4 2–0
Maritzburg United 2–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 0–1 3–2 0–3 3–1 1–2 2–2 1–0 1–3 0–2
Moroka Swallows 2–4 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–2 0–2 0–1 2–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 3–1
Orlando Pirates 0–1 3–1 1–1 0–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 4–2
Platinum Stars 1–1 3–2 2–0 0–1 2–2 0–0 0–6 0–2 0–0 4–0 2–1 1–2 4–1 1–3 1–4
Santos 1–2 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–3 2–1 0–0 2–0 0–3 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–1
SuperSport United 2–0 2–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–3
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
Source: Premier Soccer League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

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.

Lucas Thwala, who earlier this month was named Pirates' Player of the Season ahead of Modise, was named the Premiership Player of the Year.

Ajax Cape Town's Franklin Cale won the award for the Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament.[6]

Award Winner Club Prize Money
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 &
John Maduka
Supersport United &
Bloemfontein Celtic
Share
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

Statistics

Top goalscorers

As of May 23, 2009[7]

19 goals
16 goals
10 goals
9 goals
8 goals

PSL managers

Manager Club Appointed
South Africa Craig Rosslee Ajax Cape Town July 2007
South Africa Clive Barker AmaZulu July 2007
South Africa Khabo Zondo Bay United November 2008
South Africa Roger De Sa Bidvest Wits June 2007
South Africa Owen Da Gama Bloemfontein Celtic
South Africa Steve Komphela Free State Stars
South Africa Manqoba Mngqithi Golden Arrows January 2007
South Africa Fani Madida Kaizer Chiefs May 2009
Romania Ted Dumitru Mamelodi Sundowns March 2009
South Africa Gordon Igesund Maritzburg United July 2008
Brazil Júlio César Leal Moroka Swallows July 2008
Netherlands Ruud Krol Orlando Pirates July 2008
Botswana David Bright Santos January 2008
Argentina Miguel Gamondi Platinum Stars December 2007
South Africa Gavin Hunt Supersport United June 2007
Sweden Roger Palmgren Thanda Royal Zulu August 2007

Kits 2008–2009

Team Supplier Shirt sponsor
Ajax CT Adidas MTN
AmaZulu Reebok SPAR
Bay United Puma Vacant
Bidvest Wits Hummel Bidvest
Bloemfontein Celtic Reebok Vodacom
Engen Santos Canterbury Engen
Free State Stars Umbro Bonitas
Golden Arrows Umbro MTN
Kaizer Chiefs Nike Vodacom
Mamelodi Sundowns Nike Vacant
Maritzburg United Joma Vacant
Moroka Swallows Mitre VW
Orlando Pirates Adidas Vodacom
Platinum Stars Diadora Dunns
Supersport United Diadora DStv
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
Thamsanqa Sangweni Unspecified AmaZulu
Bradley Ritson AmaZulu AmaZulu
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

References

  1. ^ "SA Premiership 2008–2009 Season Domestic Stats". football365.co.za. 23 May 2009. Archived from the original on 2007-04-20. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  2. ^ "SA Premiership 2008–2009 Season Stats". football365.co.za. 23 May 2009. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  3. ^ "SA Premiership 2008–2009 Season Attendance Table". football365.co.za. 26 May 2009. Archived from the original on 28 November 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Promotion playoffs draw". Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  5. ^ "Absa Premiership". Archived from the original on 20 August 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2009.
  6. ^ http://www.psl.co.za/article.asp?id=301340 Archived 2009-05-26 at the Wayback Machine 2009 Premier Soccer League Awards
  7. ^ "PSL TOP SCORERS 2008–09". Premier Soccer League. Archived from the original on 2009-05-25. Retrieved 2009-05-23.

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