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PSL returns after 93-day break

Eight teams will play on Tuesday, with the first match between champions Kaizer Chiefs and runners-up Wits.

FILE: Kaizer Chiefs players celebrate. Picture: PSL.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African football faithful will be licking their lips as they countdown to the start of the 2016/2017 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season, which gets underway at 7:30pm tomorrow night.

It's been a three-month wait for the latest league campaign to get underway and if the scenes from the leagues abroad are anything to go by, it should be an exciting season.

Eight teams will be in action on Tuesday night, with the most anticipated match taking place at the Wits Stadium in Central Johannesburg, between last season's runners-up Wits and the 2014/2015 champions Kaizer Chiefs.



Both teams did some serious transfer business in the off-season, bringing in much needed reinforcements, while also letting go of some unwanted resources.

The Clever Boys have roped in, among others, former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Darren Keet and the former Mamelodi Sundowns duo of Cuthbert Malajila and Mokgakolodi Ngele - who joined the club, after star player Sibusiso Vilakazi was allowed to head out in the opposite direction.

While Amakhosi have shipped out veterans Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Morgan Gould and Siboniso Gaxa, to name a few and have brought in the likes of Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Sibusiso Khumalo and Enocent Mkhabela.

Some of these players may not take to the field in the opening game, but the clash is expected to be highly intense, as is always the case between these two sides.

In other matches on the night, Cape Town City Football Club will make its PSL debut after taking over Mpumalanga Black Aces at the end of the last season and coach Eric Tinkler, who had relative success with Orlando Pirates previously, will be the man to watch as he takes his outfit on its first official field trip.

The new kids on the block, from Cape Town, will lock horns with Polokwane City, and much to the delight of their fans, they will begin their era at their home ground in the Mother City.

The newly-promoted and explosive club from Limpopo, Baroka FC, will begin life in the top flight against another club from the Cape, Ajax Cape Town and they too will be happy with a home meeting on their first day on the job.

Chippa United will also be in action against Free State Stars and will certainly be one to look out for after making several interesting signings of their own and also for cracking a top eight spot - doing better than Pirates and Supersport United.

Pirates, Golden Arrows, Platinum Stars, Supersport, Bloemfontein Celtic and Maritzburg United will all begin their campaigns on Wednesday night - while defending champions Sundowns and new boys Highlands Park will not be in action, as Pitso Mosimane's men have CAF Champions League commitments in Nigeria on the same night.

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