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Football | Absa Premiership

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PSL releases fixtures for new season



The Premier Soccer League on Friday released the 2011-12 Absa Premiership fixtures as well as the dates for the various Cup competitions.

The eagerly awaited 2011-2012 Season will kick off with the MTN8 quarterfinal matches on the weekend of 5-7 August.

A week later the Absa Premiership opener sees champions Orlando Pirates travelling to Polokwane to take on Black Leopards on Friday evening (12 August).

“We’ve done our best to accommodate requests from the clubs while adhering to the outcome of the public fixture draw” said PSL general manager: football, Derek Blanckensee.

“We’ve had to take into account various factors in drawing up the fixtures, including Fifa dates as well as requests from Safa for extra preparation time ahead of some of Bafana Bafana’s Afcon qualifying matches.

"The first half of the season will conclude on 21 December to allow Bafana Bafana extra preparation time ahead of next year’s Afcon tournament.”

“While the League will try its best to keep changes to the fixture schedule to a minimum, we have yet to receive confirmed dates for the two Caf club competitions and this will force us to change some fixtures during the course of the season,” Blanckensee added.

The 2011-2012 season will also see matches being featured on Tuesday evenings.

Click here for Absa Premiership Fixtures

Other key dates include:

10 September 2011 – MTN8 Final
10 December 2011 – Telkom Knockout Final
15 February 2012 – Resumption of Absa Premiership
19 May 2012 – Final Round of Absa Premiership
26 May 2012 – Nedbank Cup Final

The National First Division fixture list now consists of 30 matches for each team in a single Division of 16 teams.

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