The DStv Premiership, A Closer Look at South African Football’s Premier League

The DStv Premiership, A Closer Look at South African Football’s Premier League

...By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.

The DStv Premiership, the top prize of the Premier Soccer League (PSL), is nearing its conclusion.


As the season draws to a close, the focus intensifies on the race for a coveted Champions League spot and the battle for teams trying to secure their safety in the league.

History and Establishment of the PSL:

Established in 1996, the Premier Soccer League operates under the trading name of the National Soccer League (NSL).

It holds the status of an Affiliate Member of the South African Football Association (SAFA) and serves as a professional football administrator within South Africa.

The league’s highest honor is the DStv Premiership.

Noteworthy Champions and Dominant Teams:

The first-ever PSL champions were Manning Rangers, who surprised everyone by clinching the title in 1997 under the guidance of coach Gordon Igesund.

Mamelodi Sundowns emerged as the dominant force from 1998 to 2000, securing an impressive hat-trick of league titles.


In 2001, Igesund moved to Orlando Pirates, leading them to the championship.

The following season, he achieved a remarkable feat by winning the league with Cape Town-based Santos, becoming the first coach to win the championship with three different clubs.

Igesund then added another title to his name with Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2007/08 season.

League Restructuring and Kaizer Chiefs’ Success:

To alleviate fixture congestion, the league reduced the number of teams from 18 to 16 after the 2001/2002 season.

Consequently, two teams, Ria Stars and Free State Stars, were disbanded.

In 2004, Kaizer Chiefs won the prestigious trophy for the first time in a decade, successfully defending their title in 2005.

Mamelodi Sundowns continued their dominance by capturing their fourth league title in the 2005/2006 season.

Impact of the PSL:

The PSL has significantly elevated the standard of club soccer in South Africa.


Through securing strong sponsorship deals with renowned brands such as Nedbank, Telkom, Absa, and official suppliers like Castle, Coca-Cola, and Vodacom, the league has improved media coverage and boosted revenue.

Moreover, the PSL has become a platform for local players to showcase their talent and attract interest from overseas clubs.

Analysis and Commentaries:

The closing stages of the current DStv Premiership season have intensified speculation and discussion.

Transfer rumors involving Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, and Sundowns dominate the talk as teams assess their options to strengthen their squads.

Kaizer Chiefs, in particular, might need to adopt unconventional tactics in the transfer market to bridge the considerable gap between them and Sundowns in the league standings.


The DStv Premiership has solidified its position as South Africa’s premier football league.

With its rich history, dominant teams, and significant impact on the sport’s development in the country, the league continues to captivate fans, generate revenue, and provide a platform for players to shine.

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