The new Premier Soccer League season will start next month with the pre-season to be a short one, after the 2019/2020 season only ended this month because of the coronavirus pandemic.

While the domestic season traditionally concludes in May, the previous one ended five months later than usual after all sports were suspended because of the pandemic.

And while it will be strange to start a new season in October, it will also be strange not to have Bidvest Wits and Highlands Park in the Premier division.

Both clubs sold their status to teams from lower leagues.

The 2019/2020 domestic football season will go down in history as the longest ever, having started in August 2019 and concluding more than a year later.

Traditionally, a domestic football season extends over a nine-month period, starting in August and ending in May.

A look at this week’s sporting highlights

This week has been a dramatic one with Kaizer Chiefs signing former Bidvest Wits coach, Gavin Hunt, on a three-year deal as the Amakhosi look to bring back the glory days after another trophyless season.

Hunt, who was not contracted to any team after his former club, Bidvest Wits, sold their status, might just be the man Chiefs need.

“Well first and foremost I must say I don’t understand why it took him so long to be here. The man has a good a very impressive pedigree and that is why we went for him, and fortunately for us he was available as a result of the sale of wits university football club. In that regard I think we are lucky to have landed a very successful coach and a very good resource for our requirements,” says Kaizer Chiefs Chairman Kaizer Motaung.

“Sometimes in football, it’s all about timing you know.  I’m very excited to get this job. It has been professionally handled by a very professional club. A real eye-opener, it’s the first time I’ve been to Naturena. But we need to make sure that we can try and improve on last year. I think last year Ernst Middendorp and Shaun Bartlett did an unbelievable job with the squad of players and they were so unfortunate not to win and I really felt for them at the end but that’s football and hopefully, we can move on now and try and improve the team and improve the results. I’m here to try and win a few trophies,” says Kaizer Chiefs Coach Gavin Hunt.

T.S. Galaxy buys Highlands Park status

Highlands Park won’t be campaigning in the Premiership this season with their place to be taken by previous Nedbank Cup champions, T.S. Galaxy.

The PSL officially announced that it approved the sale of the Lions of the North’s Premiership status this week.

PSL clubs will also soon announce new players signings with the registration of these players to only happen next week.

Among the big player signings announcements expected, are three former Wits players joining Mamelodi Sundowns, including striker, Gift Motupa.

Orlando Pirates are expected to announce the signing of former Wits captain, Thulani Hlatswayo, and Deon Hotto.

“The registration window for the PSL has been agreed by the executive committee will be on the 22nd of September to the 17th of October that is the first window. The second window will be the 1st of February 2021 to the 1st of March 2021. The new season will kick off on the 9th of October,” says PSL Chairman Irvin Khoza.