THE Premier Soccer League has confirmed August 23 as the date for the 2016/17 Absa Premiership season kick-off.
14 of the 16 Premiership clubs will be in action on August 23 and 24 nights as domestic top flight football returns. This is due to the fact that defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns will be on CAF Champions League duty.
All fixtures on the opening night for the two dates kick-off at 7.30pm. Tuesday (August 23) will see four fixtures played while Wednesday night (August 24) will have three matches.
Day one of the 2016/17 season will see last season’s Absa Premiership runners-ups, Bidvest Wits welcome Kaizer Chiefs at the Bidvest Stadium. On the same night, newly promoted outfit, Baroka FC will be at home to Ajax Cape Town at the new Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. Cape Town City (formerly Mpumalanga Black Aces) will make their debut at their new home when they host Polokwane City at the Cape Town Stadium.
Chippa United, who enjoyed a strong finish in the Absa Premiership last season, will be at home against Free State Stars at the Nelson Mandela Stadium.
On Wednesday, Maritzburg United, who narrowly escaped relegation on that last dramatic day of the Absa Premiership, will travel to the Free State to play Bloemfontein Celtic at the Dr Molemela Stadium. Platinum Stars will be at home to SuperSport United at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium. Orlando Pirates will host Lamontville Golden Arrows at the Orlando Stadium.
The League has also confirmed that the last block fixture of the Absa Premiership will be played on May 27 next year.