Absa Premiership: The 2015/2016 season in numbers It was a record breaking 2015/16 Absa Premiership season for many clubs.
Apart from Mamelodi Sundowns breaking several barriers, Chippa United secured their highest ever league finish, while Maritzburg United secured one of the greatest escapes ever witnessed in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) era.
The PSL looks back at some of the numbers from the season.
2 – This is the number of home wins the Team of Choice managed all year. The Pietermaritzburg side failed to win any of their first 10 matches at Harry Gwala Stadium, before victories over Lamontville Golden Arrows and Ajax Cape Town in the closing weeks of the campaign.
4 – The most number of goals scored by an individual in a single game. Two players managed four each in a game. They were Thobani Mncwango for Polokwane City against SuperSport United in January and Frank Mhango for Arrows against Mpumalanga Black Aces in April.
5 – The most goals scored by an individual team in one match was five. Bloemfontein Celtic, Orlando Pirates, Wits and Sundowns all did it.
6 – There were a total of six hat-tricks scored over the past season. The players that managed them were Jeremy Brockie of SuperSport United, Mncwango from Polokwane, Chippa’s Lerato Manzini, James Keene from Bidvest Wits, Mhango of Arrows and Sundowns’ Anthony Laffor.
7 – The most goals scored in a solitary match. This happened twice this season. The first was when Jomo Cosmos claimed a 4-3 win over Chippa at Olen Park in November, while the second was when Sundowns surged to a 5-2 win over Free State Stars at James Motlatsi Stadium in February.
7 – The Brazilians have extended their title record to seven, three more than second-best Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates on four each.
13 – The number of draws that Amakhosi recorded this season. It was the most amongst any club in the league.
14 – The margin of victory that Sundowns won the league by. Their 71 points compared to 57 for Bidvest Wits was a record gap between first and second in the entire PSL era – 34-game seasons included. The previous record was 12 last season.
14 – This was also the number of goals scored by league top scorer, Collins Mbesuma. Interestingly, the Zambian is the first player to have won the Golden Boot twice after previously being the top marksman when he was at Chiefs in the 2004/05 campaign.
17 – Two clubs suffered 17 losses apiece. They were automatically relegated Cosmos and University of Pretoria, who ended in the Promotion/Relegation Play-Offs position.
22 – The number of victories achieved by the champions was 22, a record for a 30-game season. The feat is remarkable considering that only thrice before has any team achieved more wins, even in a 34-match campaign. Sundowns themselves won 23 times twice before as well Manning Rangers.
27 – The number of points it took Maritzburg to survive. Interestingly this was not the lowest total to survive in a 30-game season. In the 2003/04 season, Dynamos avoided relegation with a staggering 24 points after winning just three games all season.
45 – The number of points claimed by Chippa to finish sixth on the table. It was their best-ever Absa Premiership season.
53 – This was the number of goals conceded by Maritzburg, the most in the division.
55 – Sundowns scored an impressive 55 goals this season which put them top of the pile in terms of goals for.
71 – The magical 71 points that Sundowns achieved to win the title – a record for a 16-team PSL season.
562 – The total number of goals that the 2015/16 season produced in the 240 matches. That works out to an average of 2.34 goals per game.