The Premier Soccer League has announced that the 2016/17 Absa Premiership season will kick-off in three weeks’ time on a Tuesday night, 23 August 2016.
14 of the 16 Absa Premiership clubs will be in action on Tuesday and Wednesday night as domestic top flight football returns. This is due to the fact that defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns will be on CAF Champions League duty.
All fixtures on the opening night (Tuesday) and Wednesday will kick-off at 19h30. Tuesday will see four fixtures played while Wednesday night will have three matches.
Day one of the 2016/17 season will see last season’s Absa Premiership runners-up, Bidvest Wits host Kaizer Chiefs at the Bidvest Stadium. On the same night, newly promoted outfit, Baroka FC will be at home to Ajax Cape Town at the (new) Peter Mokaba. Cape Town City FC will make their debut at their new home when they host Polokwane City at the Cape Town Stadium.
Chippa United, who enjoyed a strong finish in the Absa Premiership last season, will be at home against Free State Stars at the Nelson Mandela Stadium.
On Wednesday, Maritzburg United, who narrowly escaped relegation on that last dramatic day of the Absa Premiership, will travel to the Free State to play Bloemfontein Celtic at the Dr Molemela Stadium. Platinum Stars will be at home to SuperSport United at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium. Orlando Pirates will host Lamontville Golden Arrows at the Orlando Stadium.
The League has also confirmed that the last block fixture of the Absa Premiership will be played on Saturday, 27 May 2017.
Cape Town derby – 23 September 2016 and 11 February 2017
Tshwane derby – 13 December 2016 and 12 April 2017
Soweto derby – 29 October 2016 and 04 March 2017
Polokwane derby – 30 October 2016 and 05 March 2017