FILE - Mosa Lebusa of Mamelodi Sundowns FC and Sphelele Mthembu of AmaZulu fight for their ball during their DStv Premiership lasy season. The two clubs will get the new season underway in Tshwane on August 20. PhotoSteve Haag/BackpagePix
FILE - Mosa Lebusa of Mamelodi Sundowns FC and Sphelele Mthembu of AmaZulu fight for their ball during their DStv Premiership lasy season. The two clubs will get the new season underway in Tshwane on August 20. PhotoSteve Haag/BackpagePix

Sundowns, AmaZulu kick off new campaign on August 20

By Mihlali Baleka Time of article published Aug 2, 2021

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JOHANNESBURG – The Premier Soccer League (PSL) and its chief sponsors DStv released the official fixtures for the 2021/2022 Premiership season on Monday afternoon, with champions Mamelodi Sundowns and runners-up AmaZulu set to get proceedings underway on Friday, August 20.

But before the two teams lock horns in a match that promises to produce fireworks at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, they’d have tasted their first competitive action in the new season via the quarter-finals of the MTN8 cup the weekend before – on Saturday.

Sundowns will face Kaizer Chiefs in their MTN8 last-eight tie, while AmaZulu will face Cape Town City. The first leg of the MTN8 semi-finals will be on Saturday, August 28, while the return leg will be on Wednesday, September 28. The final is on Saturday, October 30.

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In between, the domestic season will have short breaks to accommodate the FIFA and CAF calendars. But the campaign is scheduled to take a full hiatus on Friday, December 24, before restarting on Saturday, February 05, 2022, with the round of 32 in the Nedbank Cup.

The round of 16 of the Nedbank Cup will be played on Tuesday, March 08 and Saturday, March 16, while the quarterfinals will be played on Saturday April 09. The semi-finals will be on Saturday April 30, while the final of the competition will be on Saturday, May 28.

The league season is expected to conclude on Saturday, May 21. The promotion/relegation play-offs are expected to run from Sunday, May 29, to Wednesday, June 15. Meanwhile, the GladAfrica Championship starts on Saturday 21 before concluding on Sunday, May 15.

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Royal AM, the KZN-based side which took the PSL to court after they felt they were robbed off their coronation as the champions of the GladAfrica Champions last season, have also been included in the fixture list ahead of the new season in the second tier division.

Other opening weekend fixtures

Friday, August 20

Mamelodi Sundowns vs AmaZulu, 5pm

Saturday, August 21

Orlando Pirates vs Stellenbosch FC, 3pm

Sekhukhune United vs Chippa United, 3pm

Golden Arrows vs Maritzburg United, 3pm

Baroka FC vs Marumo Gallants (formerly TTM), 5pm

Cape Town City vs SuperSport United, 5pm

Sunday, August 22

Swallows FC vs Bloemfontein Celtic, 3pm

TS Galaxy vs Kaizer Chiefs, 5pm

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