Soccer In South Africa

is played to a reasonably high level. Many of the players in the recent African Cup final play their soccer in the PSL (Premier Soccer League), in South Africa. The Premier Soccer league is dominated by five or six teams who are regularly challenging for the top spot in South African soccer.
The Gauteng teams dominate the league with five out of a possible six places being taken up by teams from Gauteng. Mamelodi Sundowns currently hold the top spot, with Supersport United and Kaiser Chiefs hot on their heels; the likes of Orlando Pirates and Free State Stars cannot be written off. Free State stars are the only non Gauteng team to make it into the top six. Coastal teams like Ajax Cape town and Santos (from Cape Town) and Maritzburg and Amazulu (from Kwazulu Natal) tend to fall in the also-ran category, with the likes of WITS.
These latter teams have managed to produce some stars in the South African soccer scene, but they have rarely challenged for the domestic title in South Africa.
There are three main trophies to play for in the South African soccer leagues. Two are played at the start of the season: the MTN Wafa is played among the top 8 finishers from the previous season. This cup has an eight million, winner takes all, prize. The Telkom Knockout is played in the first half of the regular season is played among all sixteen teams in the Premier division. The Nedbank Cup is the South African version of the world famous F.A Cup that is played in Great Britain. It is comprised of 32 teams: 16 Premier division teams, 8 national first division teams and 8 teams from the South African football association regional leagues. Just like the British FA cup, the Nedbank cup gives players from smaller clubs the opportunity to show off their skills in front of a larger audience
The real surprise in South Africa is that given the high level of soccer that is played, there has not been much reason for the national team to cheer of late.

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