The MTN8 will get the campaign underway with some exciting matches to look forward to
The PSL has confirmed the opening fixtures of the 2020-21 season in a statement released on Monday.
As previously indicated by the league’s chairman Dr Irvin Khoza, the MTN8 competition will kick start the campaign on October 17 with the league matches pencilled for October 24.
The teams that finished in the top four last season have been seeded – meaning they cannot meet each other until the semi-final stage.
They will also enjoy a home ground advantage as this has been the case in previous years.
Interestingly, the matches will not be played in a bio-bubble after the South African government moved from alert level 2 of lockdown to alert level 1 thus allowing flights to operate across the country under strict Covid-19 regulations.
The opening match of the campaign will see Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) take on defending champions SuperSport United on October 17. The encounter is scheduled to take place at Thohoyandou Stadium.
TTM qualified for the competition by virtue of purchasing Bidvest Wits‘ PSL status – and the Students finished in the top-eight bracket.
The Sundowns and Celtic clash will see a repeat of the Nedbank Cup final which was marred by the controversy around Tebogo Langerman’s inclusion in the team sheet despite being suspended.
Phunya Sele Sele lost the case despite Sundowns pleading guilty. The Brazilians were slapped with a fine while Celtic were told their complaint should have been lodged at least 30 minutes before kickoff.
The format of the competition hasn’t changed despite Covid-19 challenges facing the world – the semi-finals will be played over two legs with the aggregate winner progressing to the final.
However, the PSL announced in a statement that all four matches will be played behind closed doors.