The new Premier Soccer League (PSL) season is about to get underway on the 23rd August 2016. All the teams have been involved in preparations for the new campaign. They also released and signed players to beef up their squads. With all the new signings in all teams, we will look at which teams have a chance of winning the league.
Sundowns are the defending champions of the PSL and they will be gearing for their title defense in the new season. The team has all the talent needed to defend the title. The team has release a few players and also signed a few top quality players. Sibusiso Vilakazi was roped in from Bidvest Wits Football Club. They have also beefed up the team with Lerato Lamola from Bloemfontein Celtics Football Club. Ricardo Nascimento from Brazil was added to help in defense. The players which were released are Cutbeth Malajila and Mokgokolodi Ngele.
This team has all the chances of defending their title without any problems. The CBD is still on form and they will be looking to repeat and add more on their combination that saw them mesmerizing a lot of teams in the league. Sundowns will definitely defend their title.
Wits finished last season on position 2 and they will be looking to challenge for the number 1 position in the new season. The team managed to sign the likes of Mokgokolodi Ngele and Cutbeth Malajila from Sundowns in a deal that saw them releasing Sibusiso Vilakazi to Sundowns. Looking at their squad, Wits also has a chance in winning the title. They have also signed Daren Keet who will be deputizing Moneeb Josephs in the goalkeeper position. The likes of Dean Klate, Elias Pelembe, and Phakamani Mahlambi will definitely give a lot of teams sleepless nights.
Overall, the Wits team has all the quality to challenge for the PSL title. Their advantage will also be in the fact that Sundowns will also be competing in the CAF Champions League, so it will be vital for Wits to collect maximum points from the first game of their league campaign. If they don’t lose 2 games in the first round of the PSL campaign, Wits will stand a chance to win the PSL championship.
Chiefs ended last season on position that they don’t like as they were behind the likes of champions Sundowns, Wits, Platinum Stars and also Chippa United. The team was not doing well last season as they also completed the league campaign without winning a single trophy. The team has released a lot of unwanted players and managed to sign a lot of promising players. The likes of Siboniso Gaxa, Bongani Ndulula, Sphelele Mthembu, and a few others were released. The new players signed by Chiefs includes Buchanan, Macha, and a lot others who are very hungry for success.
If Chiefs can win their games consistently, they will be contenders for the league title. As the squad is still new, it will be very difficult to be consistent in the first round of the new PSL campaign. Looking at how the team has managed to beat Orlando Pirates in the Carling Black Label Cup, they will be gearing for the PSL title if their performance is going to be the same in every game like the way they performed against Pirates. Overall, Chiefs does not stand a chance of winning the PSL title, but we cannot rule out any possibilities.
Supersport United is one of the teams that will surprise a lot of people in the new season. Looking in to their current squad, the team has all the talent needed to win the PSL championship. They roped in experienced players like Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Cole Alexander. Their striking force is one of the best in the league with the likes of Jerome Brockie and Grobler scoring in every opportunity that is presented to them. They have also signed Riyaad Pieterse from Chiefs to help in the goalkeeper position which has not been doing that well lately.
The team has a chance to win the title only if they win their first 6 games without playing a draw or losing. As they managed to complete the last season with a trophy, the team will be looking to win the title in the new season. Overall, Supersport can win the title depending on how the other contenders will be performing.
Platinum Stars ended last season on a high as they managed to cement position 3 in the league. The team has done their best to finish last season at the top 3. Looking at their squad, the team has great talent, but winning the title will not be easy. They lack consistency and most of the times they start their league campaigns in a slow pace. For a team to challenge for the title, they must be able to win at least the first 6 games.
Overall, the Platinum Stars team will not win the league. They may finish the season in the top 8. Last season was their best season ever and it will take some time for them to challenge for the PSL title. Miracles do happen in football though.
Chippa United has managed to finish last season as one of the top teams in the league. They have a lot of talented players and they also play attractive football which has a lot of forward movements than backwards movements. The team will be looking to surprise a lot of people by winning the league, but it will be very difficult to win the league. They are a team with determination and winning a trophy will be the start of great things for them, but winning the league will prove very difficult for them.
Overall, Chippa can win a trophy, but not the PSL championship. Winning a trophy will boost their morale for them to challenge for the PSL title in 2017/18 season. Miracles do happen in football though.
Pirates have made a lot of changes in the playing personnel and a lot of expectations are putting the new players under a lot of pressure. The team has seen a few senior players being put on transfer list. The likes of Sifiso Myeni, Lehlohonolo Majoro, Menzi Masuku, and possibly Rooi Mahamutsa, were part of the Pirates team that reached the finals of 2 CAF competitions which are the Champions League and the Confederations Cup. For these players to be on the transfer list is still not clear to a lot of Pirates fans. The team has managed to sign a lot of players like Thabiso Kutumela, Donald Makondelela, Riyaad Norodien, Abubaker Mobara, and other talented players.
Looking at their preparations for the new season, the team seemed lost and not performing according to the standards that Pirates is known to perform at. Overall, Pirates will not be challenging for the PSL title, but as we all know miracles do happen in football. If they can manage to win their first 10 games, they will have a great chance of winning the title.