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When does the PSL 2018-19 season start? Opening weekend fixture list and kick-off times

6:30 AM GMT 01/08/2018
Toni Silva, Mamelodi Sundowns & Philani Zulu, Kaizer Chiefs, July 2018
Goal brings you all the details of the new PSL season, including its start date and opening weekend fixtures and kick-off times

With the Tendai Ndoro saga over for the time being following Ajax Cape Town's decison to take their place in the National First Division, football fans in South Africa cannot wait for the start of the new season. 

For the first time, possibly in the history of the PSL, the MTN8 will be played after the first few league matches.

Usually, the MTN8 competition is played before the league matches, but things will be done differently this time around.  

So, with all the 16 teams now confirmed by the PSL, which matches will be played on the opening weekend? Goal has all the information.

When does the PSL start?

The new Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign is set to begin on Saturday, the 4th of August 2018 at 15h00 CAT, followed by two fixtures on Sunday, the 5th of August.

What PSL games will be played on opening day?

Date Fixture Time (CAT) Venue
Aug 4 Mamelodi Sundowns v Kaizer Chiefs 3pm Loftus Versfeld
Aug 4 Black Leopards v Polokwane City 6pm Peter Mokaba Stadium
Aug 4 Bidvest Wits v Free State Stars 6pm Bidvest Stadium
Aug 4 Cape Town City v SuperSport United 6pm Cape Town Stadium
Aug 4 AmaZulu v Baroka  8h15pm King Zwelithini Stadium
Aug 4 Orlando Pirates v Highlands Park 8h15pm Orlando Stadium
Aug 5 Maritzburg United v Golden Arrows 3pm Harry Gwala Stadium
Aug 5 Bloemfontein Celtic v Chippa United 3pm Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium

The new PSL season gets underway with what promises to be an enthralling encounter between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday, August 4 in Tshwane. 

Giovanni Solinas has received his work permit, and he will be looking for revenge over Sundowns, who beat Amakhosi in his absence in the Shell Helix Ultra Cup match over a week ago. 

There's a provincial derby to look forward to with returnees, Black Leopards, taking on Polokwane City on the same day. 

Last season's Nedbank Cup champions Free State Stars will be away to Bidvest Wits, while Cape Town City welcome SuperSport United at the Cape Town Stadium in their opening match. 

AmaZulu, who were bundled out of the top eight bracket last season by the Ndoro saga, will face Baroka FC in Durban.

Saturday's final match will be between Orlando Pirates and Highlands Park, who were head and shoulders above the rest in the NFD last season.

The Lions of the North are coached by former Pirates mentor Owen Da Gama. But in Micho Sredojevic, ODG will face an equally gifted coach.   

Maritzburg United will look to build on their top four finish they achieved last season, but standing in their way is provincial rivals Golden Arrows. 

Lastly, Bloemfontein Celtic will be at home to Chippa United. Steve Komphela's led team is currently experiencing financial problems, but the players would be expected to put their off-the-field problems aside and fight for the badge in front of their home fans in the Free State.