The PSL have announced the schedule for the games to be played in the upcoming 2015/2016 season. Strange as it is to say, Swallows FC are no longer on the fixture list due to having being relegated and will now ply their trade in the National First Division. It is Jomo Cosmos FC which find themselves back in the fold, and will be hoping it remains so come the end of the season. The current Champions Kaizer Chiefs will be fighting to retain their top spot with Pirates and Sundowns bearing down on them looking to turn the tide. We have also outlined the games that you should look forward to. For a comprehensive list download the spreadsheet below or simply scroll down in the window.
With several of the big clubs spending big money to bring players in and couching changes, it should make for an interesting ahead.
PSL football fans from across the continent will be hoping to see more goals being scored and the golden boot winner putting away more than 20 goals in the coming season. Last season the top goal scorer, Kermit Erasmus finished the season with 15 goals and winning the award. Goals afterall are what fill up the stadiums as no one wants to go watch a goalless derby or a bore draw at the stadium. Atrending a football game is a half a day event, and when no goals are scores or there is no winner the fans often go home feeling like they have wasted 6 hours of their lives.
The pace of the local has to improve, in line with the improvement of the playing conditions. The stadiums are world class and the playing pitch is often crisp and as such the teams need to play more attacking, fast paced brand of football. Local footballers dont have the adequate technique to play the slow game there are too many misplaced passes, minimal protection of the ball, and often it takes players at least three touches to control the ball.
Another bone of contention which needs to be addressed is the standard of refereeing in the league, which has at times left much to be desired and affected the overall quality of the game. The fans are often left discussing referring decisions and astounded at the lack of consistency when it comes to the officiating.
Some teams need to take due care when when paying the players and pay them market related wages. We cannot have a case where players are earning R5000 per month as professionals. There is just no excuse as this is exploitation at its worst and happening right in front of fans eyes.
There is room for improvement however and the potential is there.