National Soccer League (South Africa)

The National Soccer League (NSL) was a South African football (soccer) league established in 1985, as a response to boardroom disagreements in the new topflight non-racial league NPSL (established in 1978 after a merger between NFL and “NPSL for blacks”). As the NSL accounted for the continuation of the major federation, the remainings of NPSL (known as “new NPSL”), decided after 10 years co-existence in 1985–95, finally to merge with NSL, to form today’s Premier Soccer League (PSL).

National Soccer League
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Founded1985
Folded1995
CountrySouth Africa
Most championshipsKaizer Chiefs,
Mamelodi Sundowns
(3 titles each)

HistoryEdit

ChampionsEdit

Year Winner[1] Runner-up Third-place
1985 Bush Bucks Rangers Johannesburg Bloemfontein Celtic
1986 Rangers Johannesburg Bush Bucks Amazulu
1987 Jomo Cosmos Kaizer Chiefs Mamelodi Sundowns
1988 Mamelodi Sundowns Jomo Cosmos Arcadia
1989 Kaizer Chiefs Orlando Pirates Hellenic FC
1990 Mamelodi Sundowns Kaizer Chiefs Orlando Pirates
1991 Kaizer Chiefs Sundowns Fairway Stars
1992 Kaizer Chiefs Hellenic FC Wits University
1993 Mamelodi Sundowns Moroka Swallows AmaZulu
1994 Orlando Pirates Cape Town Spurs Umtata Bucks
1995 Cape Town Spurs Sundowns Orlando Pirates

Most titlesEdit

Team Titles Years
Mamelodi Sundowns
3
1988, 1990, 1993
Kaizer Chiefs
3
1989, 1991, 1992
Bush Bucks
1
1985
Rangers Johannesburg
1
1986
Jomo Cosmos
1
1987
Orlando Pirates
1
1994
Cape Town Spurs
1
1995

Top goalscorersEdit

Season Player Goals Team
1985   Frank McGrellis 25 Wits University
1986   Thomas Hlongwane 32 Moroka Swallows
1987   Noel Cousins 25 Arcadia Fluoride
1988   Shane McGregor 19 Grinaker Rangers
& Kaizer Chiefs
1989   Noel Cousins 21 Arcadia Fluoride
& Moroka Swallows
1990   Bennett Masinga 20 Mamelodi Sundowns
1991   Fani Madida 28 Kaizer Chiefs
1992   George Dearnaley 20 AmaZulu
1993   Daniel Mudau 22 Sundowns FC
1994   Wilfred Mugeyi 19 Umtata Bucks
1995   Gerald Stober 18 Hellenic

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "South Africa Cup History". rsssf.com. Retrieved 3 May 2010.