The 2016/17 PSL season is regarded as the most difficult season ever in the history of South African football. This is because there is no guarantee as to which team will win the league, which teams will be in the top 8 and which teams will be relegated. According to the log standings anything can happen from winning to relegation.
Starting from the championship of the PSL, there are about 4 to 5 teams which are doing their best to win it. Anything can happen from those 5 teams as only 1 team will be crowned PSL champions at the end of the season at the end of May 2017.
The teams challenging for the league title are as follows:
Cape Town City FC – the team is currently sitting at the top of the table with 5 games to go. They lead the second positioned team by only 2 points. Their captain Lebogang Manyama is the joint leading goal scorer with Tendai Ndoro of Orlando Pirates. The team has won 14 games, lost 4 and drawn 7. The team stand a great chance of winning the PSL title.
Mamelodi Sundowns FC – the defending champions are in the second position. They are behind the log leaders by only 2 points with 2 games in hand which will give the Pretoria side all 6 points and a spot at the top of the table with a 4 point lead. Sundowns are determined to defend their title as they are also involved in defending their CAF CL title.
Bidvest Wits FC – the students are on third position on the log. They are behind the league leaders by 4 points which means that anything can happen should the top 2 sides lose some of their matches along the way to the end. Gavin Hunt and his charges are out of the CAF Confederations Cup and are now only focused on the PSL title as they are also out of the Nedbank Cup.
Kaizer Chiefs FC are on 4th position with a points’ difference of 4 to the top position. The team lost one of the most important matches towards their goal during the week against log leaders Cape Town City FC. They are still in with a chance to win the PSL title as football is a game of miracles. The team was also knocked out of the Nedbank Cup which gives them enough time to concentrate on the PSL title challenge.
Supersport United FC – the Pretoria based side are still in with a slight chance of clinching the PSL title but it seems their dream has been shattered as they are behind the log leaders by 9 points. A game in hand is their only advantage should they win it to close the gap between themselves and the league leaders.
The teams facing relegation from the PSL are as follows:
All the teams from position 9 which is occupied by Orlando Pirates FC to the last position occupied by Baroka FC are relegation candidates. The points’ difference in all those teams is marginal as the number 9 team and number 16 team’s points’ difference is only 5. This shows how closely contested the relegation zone of the PSL is. Anything can happen in the relegation zone. 8 teams are all relegation candidates.