2016 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League

The 2016 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League is the 37th season of top-tier football in Zimbabwe. The season began on 1 April 2016 when How Mine took on newly promoted Bulawayo City at White City Stadium. CAPS United won their fifth league championship and first in 11 years.[2]

Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League
Season2016
ChampionsCAPS United
RelegatedBorder Strikers
Chapungu United
Mutare City
Tsholotsho
2017 CAF Champions LeagueCAPS United
Matches played240
Goals scored450 (1.88 per match)
Top goalscorerLeonard Tsipa (11)
Biggest home win
12 matches
Biggest away win
4 matches
Highest scoringHwange 5-3 Triangle United
(28 August 2016)
Longest winning runHighlanders (7)
Longest unbeaten runPlatinum (12)
Longest winless runBorder Strikers (10)
Longest losing runBorder Strikers (7)
Average attendance920[1] (441,608 total attendance)
2015
2017
All statistics correct as of 26 November 2016.

AttendancesEdit

Highlanders F.C. drew the highest average home attendance in the league in 2016, with an average attendance of 5,614. The previous year, they drew an average home attendance of 7,276 for domestic league games. The league's average attendance in 2016 was 920[1] (441,608 total attendance).

TeamsEdit

A total of 16 teams are contesting the league, including 12 sides from the 2015 season and four promoted from the 2015 Zimbabwe Division 1, Border Strikers, Bulawayo City, Mutare City Rovers and Ngezi Platinum. On the other hand, Buffaloes, Dongo Sawmills, Flame Lilly and Wha Wha were the last four teams of the 2015 season and will play in the Zimbabwe Division 1 for the 2016 season.[3] Chicken Inn are the defending champions from the 2015 season.

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Team Home city Stadium Capacity 2015 season
Border Strikers Beitbridge Dulivhadzimu Stadium 32,000 Zimbabwe Division 1
Bulawayo City Bulawayo Barbourfields Stadium Zimbabwe Division 1
CAPS United Harare National Sports Stadium 60,000 5th in Premier League
Chapungu United Gweru Ascot Stadium 5,000 9th in Premier League
Chicken Inn Bulawayo Luveve Stadium 8,000 Premier League Champions
Dynamos Harare Rufaro Stadium 35,000 2nd in Premier League
Harare City Harare Rufaro Stadium 35,000 7th in Premier League
Highlanders Bulawayo Barbourfields Stadium 32,000 6th in Premier League
How Mine Bulawayo White City Stadium 20,000 11th in Premier League
Hwange Colliery Hwange Colliery Stadium 15,000 8th in Premier League
ZPC Kariba Harare Gwanzura 10,000 10th in Premier League
Mutare City Rovers Mutare Sakubva Stadium 20,000 Zimbabwe Division 1
Ngezi Platinum Ngezi Baobab Stadium 10,000 Zimbabwe Division 1
Platinum Zvishavane Mandava Stadium 3,000 3rd in Premier League
Triangle United Chiredzi Gibbo Stadium 3,000 4th in Premier League
Tsholotsho Beitbridge Dulivhadzimu Stadium 32,000 12th in Premier League

ResultsEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 CAPS United (C, Q) 30 18 9 3 42 21 +21 63 2017 CAF Champions League
2 Platinum 30 17 10 3 38 15 +23 61
3 Highlanders 30 17 5 8 41 24 +17 56
4 Chicken Inn 30 13 8 9 31 20 +11 47
5 Dynamos 30 12 10 8 29 24 +5 46
6 Kariba 30 11 12 7 23 21 +2 45
7 Ngezi Platinum 30 11 8 11 29 27 +2 41
8 Bulawayo City 30 11 8 11 27 27 0 41
9 Harare City 30 11 6 13 32 29 +3 39
10 How Mine 30 9 12 9 27 25 +2 39
11 Triangle United 30 10 8 12 27 32 −5 38
12 Hwange 30 9 9 12 24 35 −11 36
13 Chapungu United (R) 30 7 11 12 21 27 −6 32 Relegation to 2017 Zimbabwe Division 1
14 Tsholotsho (R) 30 7 5 18 23 37 −14 26
15 Mutare City (R) 30 7 8 15 25 44 −19 26[a]
16 Border Strikers (R) 30 4 3 23 10 41 −31 15
Updated to match(es) played on 26 November 2016. Source: FIFA.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) head-to-head points; 5) head-to-head goal difference; 6) head-to-head goals scored; 7) head-to-head away goals
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ Mutare City were docked 3 points for playing ineligible player Kudakwashe Gurure.[4]

Result tableEdit

All teams play in a double round robin system (home and away).

Home \ Away BOR BUL CAP CHA CHI DYN HAR HIG HOW HWA KAR MUT NGE PLA TRI TSH
Border Strikers 0–1 1–3 1–2 0–1 2–1 1–0 1–2 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 0–0 0–0 1–0
Bulawayo City 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–2 0–1
CAPS United 1–0 2–1 3–0 1–0 3–3 2–1 1–0 3–2 1–1 2–2 4–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–0
Chapungu United 3–0 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 2–2 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–1
Chicken Inn 1–0 0–1 1–2 0–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–2 1–0
Dynamos 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–3 2–1 0–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 2–0
Harare City 2–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–1 0–0 4–1 2–0 4–1 1–0 2–1 0–2 0–1
Highlanders 2–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–2
How Mine 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 2–0 1–2
Hwange 2–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–3 2–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 5–3 1–0
Kariba 2–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0
Mutare City 3–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 1–3 1–2 2–2 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–3 1–2 2–0 3–3
Ngezi Platinum 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–2 1–4 0–2 3–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 3–1 1–1
Platinum 3–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1
Triangle United 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 0–1 2–2 3–1 0–0 1–2 1–0
Tsholotsho 1–0 1–2 0–1 2–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 3–0 1–2 1–1 0–2 0–3 0–1
Updated to match(es) played on 26 November 2016. Source: soccerway.com
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Positions by roundEdit

Leader
Relegation to Zimbabwe Division 1
Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
CAPS United132213332123313222222222211111
Platinum621121111432132111111111123222
Highlanders175432224311221333333333332333
Chicken Inn1135987810111077910710101198776676554
Dynamos1313912121512129855444444645554555445
Kariba598655443244555567544445444666
Ngezi Platinum147981011111213131291078569111212107999897
Bulawayo City812141310910767911879129910810881110810978
Harare City1171087791086781088108118107669767789
How Mine95634466798101112111113877910121011118101010
Triangle United764766555566666675466911881012111211
Hwange13151314151289111011913111391213121313131313131211121112
Chapungu United13111211141414131412121312131213111213121111912121313131313
Tsholotsho10911101311131413141515151514141515151515151515151515151514
Mutare City131616141113151515151414141415151414141414141414141414141415
Border Strikers121415161616161616161616161616161616161616161616161616161616
Updated to match(es) played on 26 November 2016. Source: Soccerway

Season statisticsEdit

GoalsEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of 26 November 2016
Rank Player Team Goals
1   Leonard Tsipa CAPS United 11
2   Gift Mbweti Hwange 9
  Walter Musona Platinum 9
4   Obadiah Tarumbwa Chicken Inn 8
5   Kuda Gurure Mutare City 7
  Bruce Kangwa Highlanders 7
  Agrippa Murimba Mutare City 7
  Simba Nhivi CAPS United 7
9   Masimba Mambare Dynamos 6
10   Rodwell Chinyengetere Platinum 5
  Dominic Chungwa CAPS United 5
  Prince Dube Highlanders 5
  William Manondo Harare City 5
  Raphael Manuvire Harare City 5
  Marvelous Mukumba Triangle United 5
  Simon Munawa Highlanders 5
  James Nguluve Ngezi Platinum 5
  Donald Tegure Ngezi Platinum 5
  Gilbert Zulu Hwange 5

ScoringEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Glory, Glory CAPS Utd! - The Standard". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Summary - Premier Soccer League - Zimbabwe - Results, fixtures, tables and news - Soccerway". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Survival blow for Mutare City - NewsDay Zimbabwe". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Four-goal thriller in season opener - NewsDay Zimbabwe". Retrieved 4 April 2016.