Mamelodi Sundowns DStv Premiership

Mamelodi Sundowns celebrate winning the 2023/24 DStv Premiership title. Image: @masandawana/X

DStv Premiership: SIX things still to be decided this season

There’s still PLENTY to be decided before the final whistle next weekend in this season’s DStv Premiership.

Mamelodi Sundowns DStv Premiership

Mamelodi Sundowns celebrate winning the 2023/24 DStv Premiership title. Image: @masandawana/X

The penultimate round of fixtures in the 2023/2024 DStv Premiership season will be played on Saturday, 18 May, but there’s still PLENTY to be decided before the final whistle next weekend.

A full round of eight matches is scheduled this weekend with all matches due to kick off at 15:00.

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While Mamelodi Sundowns have long since been confirmed as league champions – for the seventh consecutive season – and Cape Town Spurs have been relegated, there is still plenty to play for as the season winds up.

Stellenbosch FC are guaranteed a place in CAF competition next season.

If the Winelands side can hang onto their current second-place spot, they will join Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAF Champions League next season.

However, if they slip a spot and finish in third place, they will enter the CAF Confederations Cup.

Orlando Pirates are all-but assured of their place in Africa next season, but could mathematically lose out on their current third place spot if they lose both their remaining matches AND TS Galaxy win their final three fixtures PLUS turn around a 13-goal differential.

MTN8 battle hots up

For their part, Mamelodi Sundowns are looking to break the all-time highest points total for a 16-team season (of 71).

Masandawana are currently on 69 points and only need a further three points in their final two fixtures to do so.

In addition, the Tshwane giants are looking to remain unbeaten this season – a feat never achieved in South African top-flight football in history.

Furthermore, the scramble for MTN8 places next season is hotting up.

As the name suggests, only the top eight finishers will qualify for thee lucrative MTN8 tournament next season.

Ahead of this weekend’s matches, 13 teams still harbour hopes of qualification.

Relegation dogfight

Swallows, Royal AM and Richards Bay are involved in a three-way battle to avoid being dragged into the dreaded promotion-relegation playoff come season end.

The team that finishes 15th will play the second and third-place finishers from the National First Division (NFD) in a round-robin playoff to determine who either stays in the DStv Premiership – or is promoted.

NFD winners Magesi FC will replace Cape Town Spurs in the top-flight next season.

Finally, the Golden Boot race is set to go down to the wire with Orlando Pirates’ Tshegofatso Mabasa with 15 goals leading the way from Stellenbosch FC’s Iqraam Rayners (14 goals).

Lucas Ribeiro Costa (Mamelodi Sundowns) also cannot be discounted on 12 goals.

WEEKEND FIXTURES AND RESULTS

Cape Town City FC v Richards Bay – 15:00

Golden Arrows v Cape Town Spurs – 15:00

Kaizer Chiefs v Polokwane City – 15:00

Royal AM v Chippa United – 15:00

Sekhukhune United v AmaZulu – 15:00

Stellenbosch FC v Mamelodi Sundowns – 15:00

SuperSport United v Swallows – 15:00

TS Galaxy v Orlando Pirates – 15:00

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